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Running By Myself, But Not Alone 

Tara on the Course

By Tara Zimmerman

The beauty of running is it can be a solo or community sport. You can get lost in your thoughts during a long run by yourself or enjoy the company and conversation that comes with running with others.

In high school I preferred cross country and track to soccer or softball. For me, it was the perfect way to still be part of a team but I was racing against myself and my own personal records. That hasn't changed today. Nothing clears my mind, helps me process the day's troubles and soothes my soul like a good run. Most often they're alone but I cherish those with friends. Both types of runs have their benefits.

I ran the ING New York City Marathon in 2009. I trained and ran it with my boyfriend at the time and I'm not sure I could have done it alone, especially those long runs! In fact, I have great respect for marathoners who do train by themselves. But come Marathon Day, what's spectacular in New York City is that you aren't alone: you have two million spectators cheering you on through the five boroughs.

Many of us at Eyewitness News are running the Dash to the Finish 5K the day before this year's marathon. While we have done most of our runs on our own, we still share stories of our workouts and check in on each other's progress. So even when flying solo, we have the support of a community carrying us along the way.

And for those colleagues and friends who are running the full 26.2, we will be out there November 4, supporting you and the tens of thousands of other marathoners. Even if you're running alone, enjoy the communal experience.

Written by Tara Zimmerman.  She is a Producer, WABC-TV


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