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.
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.
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.
“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