We are one week away from the ING New York City Marathon next Sunday November 4th. This will be my 8th marathon, my second marathon in a month, and my third race in three months, bringing to a close the “Summer of Ing”. And what a summer it’s been!

As I sit here on my couch surrounded by my patio furniture, having come from a CostCo run (I’ve got my CostCo chicken….I’m telling you there’s crack in this chicken), waiting for Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, I’m reflecting on the last few months and in a certain respect, the last 14 years.

I felt compelled to write something about why I lead an active lifestyle, and specifically, why I run.

When I first started going to the gym and running on the rickety treadmill in my business school dorm, it was really a last ditched effort to lose body fat, get my eating disorder under control, and get my health under control.

Fortunately, I was able to achieve these things and so much more. For me, running is a great stress release, an opportunity for me to connect with me, to feel completely integrated with my mind, body, and spirit. When I run I literally think in different dimensions, solutions to problems seem obvious, I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. I’m in the Matrix baby!

Of course when I stop I have absolutely NO IDEA what just happened and I’m just as dazed and confused as before. But for those few hours I have candy in my heels and I’m ALIVE.

Every time I cross a finish line, I’m always amazed, then I think about my time, then I feel incredible gratitude. Gratitude for all of the stuff I went through with my health before, and to now have the opportunity to do these things today. I feel AMAZING. I feel like me, the REAL me.

I want everyone to feel that. It’s one of the main reasons I started MAD COOL FITNESS. I’m not suggesting everybody go out and run a marathon. Not at all. Even though I do them, I still think they’re kind of nuts. But I want people to emotionally connect to a physical activity, whatever it is, and through that activity push themselves, push their self-imposed boundaries of what they think they can and can’t do, and through that activity discover their TRUE SELVES and grow. When that happens, it really is MAD COOL.

This is why I run. This is why I run in the rain, the sun, the snow, in the early morning alone in the dark, when I’m tired, when I’m depressed because I know that feeling is waiting for me, just waiting for me to unlock it. This is why I run. Cheer for me!


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