I Just Felt Like Running.

I started running in the early 2000s. Inspired by my New York and Chicago marathon-running dad, I signed up for my very first race in November 2004: the 10th annual Holiday Fantasy of Lights 5K. I was already an athlete—I played volleyball, basketball, and soccer throughout high school—so it seemed like a no-brainer to give running a try. I just felt like running so I did.

My performance in my very first race was lackluster. My friend Erica Dunayer and I ran it together, finishing it completely winded in 32 minutes and 21 seconds. (For a sporty 17-year-old, that’s pretty damn slow.) Nevertheless, the rush of endorphins and feeling of accomplishment at the end launched a life-long passion. I have been a runner ever since and it has done me a lot of good.

Despite years of practice, I am still not the best runner. I am not the fastest or the most consistent with my training. In fact, running and I have had a pretty tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship for the last thirteen years wherein I go from being in great running shape to wheezing like a chainsmoker after half a mile in a matter of months. The worst phase of our relationship was in 2015 when I took a year-long hiatus.

Right now, running and I are having a “moment”. Not only can I not get enough of it, but I am also in the best running shape of my life thanks to my friend Roy’s coaching. (At 29, he helped me PR the Tunnel to Towers 5K at a cool 25 minutes and 57 seconds.) I am so motivated in my running that I recently signed up to run my very first marathon with my friend Dario. We’re training for and will be running the Paris Marathon in April 2018. I am nervous and excited all at once!

As I venture into marathon training for the very first time, I want to have a place where I can share my training logs—the good, the bad and the ugly—and trade favorite routes, race stories, run clubs, gear and other running resources with fellow runners. That’s where this blog comes in. I hope that you enjoy reading it and engage with me in conversation in the comments or via twitter @margaritaruns. At a minimum, I could use encouraging words during the coming months of hard work.

Anyway, I am due for 11 miles tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. —eek!—so I’m headed to bed. You’ll get my very first training log tomorrow as soon as I recover. Good night!

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