My Story

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RUNNING STORY

Me and my crazy family. That’s me in red.

Welcome to my blog! My name is Megan, born and raised in Staten Island, NY. For the past 2 years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn and am working towards finishing my fieldwork affiliations to complete my degree in occupational therapy. As you can tell by my future career choice, I am interested in healthy, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness.

One of my biggest passions and loves is running. My story isn’t too crazy since it just kind of happened, but I’m sure a lot of runners also had that “it just happened” experience. In high school and college, I was never into running. Actually, I’ll be honest… I hated it. I was a softball and volleyball player and for me running was a punishment. I guess because of that I never really gave it a chance. But after college I no longer had any sport to be a part of and I sort of felt lost. I’ve been an athlete ever since I can remember and am the kind of person who needs to challenge themselves, so I needed something in my life to fill that void.

As a New Yorker, I had always wanted to run the Tunnel to Towers Race, a race honoring firefighter Stephen Siller who died on 9/11. In September 2011, I somehow talked my sister into running the race with me. I don’t know if it was the process of running itself, the inspiring, emotional course, or a combination of both (I suspect this was what it was) but I felt something that day. The sense of pride I had crossing the finish line was something I can’t put into words. But I knew then that I wanted that feeling again. I decided that running was something I could do forever. My sister and I finished the race and my running career had begun.

After that first race, I couldn’t wait to sign up for more. I then made one of my biggest life decisions… to run the NYC Half Marathon in March 2012. I used the Hal Hidgon training plan (which I recommend to EVERYONE) and started my 3 month training program.

During training, I ran a few 5Ks and a few 10Ks. As March approached, I became more and more excited. After my first step over the start line, all my nerves went away all I thought about was just enjoying running through my city. I had a great time and ended up running better than I anticipated I would for my first half (2:06 finish). Just finishing that race was a major stepping stone for me and I have already signed up for more half marathons.

I’m also planning on running the 2013 NYC Marathon. I’m both incredibly nervous and excited for this. I know I can do it because I have already proven that I can set a goal and reach it. I was able to push my body and mind to places I never thought they could go.

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HEALTHY LIVING

When I first started running, I wasn’t thinking about losing weight or changing my lifestyle in any way. I just loved to run and wanted to do it often. But the more and more involved I became with this sport, I realized other aspects of my life needed a change too.

The most major changes to my lifestyle came during the 3 months of training for the NYC Half Marathon. I made it my mission to work on minimizing the stress in my life, exercising consistently, eating healthier foods and choosing organic as much as possible. I had help from friends, family, and from other blogs I came across. I found out there was a great, supportive community out there waiting to help!

Since that time I lost 40 pounds, eat healthier, love exercising, and couldn’t be in a happier state of mind. I always encourage others to make a change in their lives and reach for goals they never thought they could achieve. Six months ago I would have never imagined I would run a half marathon and be the person I am now.  But I did do all those things! And you can do it to, just find what motivates you and go do it! Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

Me not only healthier, but happier.

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MORE ABOUT ME

Me in Prague

In addition to running and healthy living, I love to travel. I recently went on a 10 day whirlwind trip through Europe with my older sister. One of our stops was Prague, which I recommend to anyone. Its incredible. But although traveling the world is great, there is one place that will always be my number one favorite place in the world

Just hangin’ out with Goofy, Donald, and my awesome boyfriend Karl.

DISNEY WORLD. Yes, I’m one of those people who is obsessed with Disney World. Every time I go there, I can’t wait to go back again. My parents already tell me how weird I am for this, so I already know. I have to say though, Disney World really does makes me feel like a kid again. Besides, I think everyone truly loves Disney.

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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”- Howard Thurman

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23 responses to “My Story

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  2. Hey Megan! Just found your blog this morning and can’t wait to read more! I have some questions I’d like to ask you, but can’t find your contact info.. email me please nhardin87@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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  4. I love this and you’re quite the inspiration – 40 lbs – never be afraid to tell people you lost 40 lbs! It says so much about how strong and powerful you are! What a motivator!

  5. Very awesome, spendid blog you have here! Thanks for sharing your insight and life stories. :) I have nominated you for the Pink Tree, or One Lovely Blog award! Stay awesome!
    http://livingforthenextmeal.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/livingforthenextmeal-receives-an-award/

    • Wow that is so amazing, thank you so much for nominating me. I am so thankful!! Really, this means so much to me. I am glad you enjoy my blog :)

      Yours is great too, I’ve had my eye on that banana flaxseed bread for some time. I have to try it, I love flax!

      Thanks again so much!

      • You’re welcome, and I’m glad to share some happiness with you :) Yes, do try the banana bread, it was delicious.

        It’s interesting that you didn’t like running in high school and love it so much now! I did cross country and long distance track in high school..and honestly the only reason was that I didn’t feel like trying out for any of the other “real” sports (lol) and there were tons of spots open on cross country. One foot in front of the other, I thought, so easy! I discovered later that it was hard work (our coach made us do push-ups and sit-ups too, and tons of sprint drills) but I’m glad I did because I had soo much fun, met amazing people, and still enjoy running to this day. I think I developed a good amount of muscle memory too because I can break into a stride even after not running for a long time. So anyway long story short, we share a love for running! I did a 5K a few weeks ago and I’m thinking of signing up for another one.

      • Thats great! I honestly wish I ran in high school because then it might feel totally naturally to me. And also it must be nice to have a coach to help with your stride and form! Its definitely a lot of work, but worth it :) Its so much fun and something you can do forever. I saw a 92 year old man cross the finish line at the BK Half, it was amazing.

        You should definitely sign up for another 5K, glad you had a good time!

  6. Wow girl! you’re a beast losing 40 pounds. That’s like an entire person!

  7. Just found your blog from Nicole @ runningnonstop.com. So glad I did!! :)

  8. Good luck with teh marathon. YOu can totally do it!
    As I was crossing over the Verazzano bridge last weekend, I decided that I too want to run the NYC marathon in 2013. Just hoping I can get in!

    • I feel the same way when I cross the Verazzano! I get all inspired haha. We can definitely do it :) If you live near NYC there’s still time to do the NYRR 9+1 program, or if you don’t get in through the lottery there’s always charity! But lets hope for the lottery and then motivate each other :)

      • That sonds like a plan! I did my first (and only) marathon last year for charity and loved every moment. I’m a Chicago girl but have family in NY so I get out there fairly often. After this last weekend, I was wanting to start looking for an apartment and a job at the hospital : )

  9. Hi Megan!
    I’m a new SPA and I love your blog! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and linked to your blog. If you’re interested in participating, here are the details: http://chijourney.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/lovely-blogs/

  10. My boyfriend and I went on our first big vacation this time last year and it was to Disney. We stayed at the Polynesian and the whole nine yards. It was his like seventh time being there?! As we left he was already starting to plan the next trip, two peas in a pod!!!

    I am super impressed with you hopping from a half to a full! Thats crazy! I’m still trying to figure out if I want to a do a full one or not, best of luck though with training!!

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  12. Hi! I just found your blog and love it. Your story is so similar to mine that I thought I was reading my own :) I am from NZ but would sooo LOVE to run the NYC marathon one day… That is my goal… Maybe next year. I look forward to following your running adventures :)

  13. I just came across your blog today and I LOVE it because I have a very similar running story to yours. I am training for my first half, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC, which it looks like you’re doing as well! I am from New Jersey and am moving back to New York City this summer so if you’re interested in sharing some of your running routes through the city, I would love to see them! Thank you for being an inspiration to a new runner like me :-)

    • I’m so glad you found my blog :) I just checked yours out and love it!! Yayyy for new blog friends, especially when we have SO much in common! I am running the Nike Half this year and can’t wait, it seems like its going to be such a fun and exciting race. And its your first one.. thats a great choice for a first one! You are going to do great!

      I would love to share some of my running routes, I am being more adventurous lately and came up with some good ones! Will you be living in Manhattan or an outer borough? I have lots of BK/lower Manhattan routes :)

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