Glamour: Why I’m Running the New York City Marathon (It’s Not Just Because I Like Pain)


October 8, 2013 – Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour shares why she's running the 2013 New York City Marathon in support of Jumpstart.

It takes a lot to motivate me to go 26.2 miles. (Frankly, it takes a lot to motivate me to go one mile!) Here’s why I’m doing it anyway. What would inspire you to tackle your Big Thing?

They say in life it’s good to do the thing that scares you, so I guess it’s really good that I am bat-sh-t terrified about running the New York City marathon on November 3.

Lest you think I am one of those six-minute-mile overachievers who was born with sneakers on, let’s be clear: I was never an athlete. (My high school sport was dancing to Madonna.) Then, 12 years ago, while working at a fitness magazine (the irony!), I decided to train for a marathon. It was hard, but running that race—in New York City in the shadow of 9/11—felt unexpectedly profound. At one tough, gasping-for-air moment around mile 15, a firefighter passed me in full regalia, adorned with the names of his fallen comrades and carrying a flag. I was humbled, and pressed on.

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