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From Non-Runner to Marathon Runner

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Can you go from not being able to run a mile to completing a marathon? Here, marathon training tips from a woman who did it.

The Ultimate Challenge

Having a desk job makes staying fit a challenge; on most days your physical activity consists of walks to the bathroom. When Marisa Hussa, a 23-year-old actuarial associate in New York City, found herself becoming sluggish from spending workdays at her desk, she decided to get back in shape and cross an item off her life's to-do list: she would run 26.2 miles to finish the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.

"It was something I knew I always wanted to do," Hussa said. "I wanted to test myself to see how far I could go, physically and mentally. It was the ultimate goal."

After about 16 weeks of training, Hussa crossed her first marathon finish line. Here's how she did it -- and how you can, too.

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heatherdomabyl wrote:

Great story! I am training for my first marathon and raising money for a charity as well! I am blogging about it at http://eatbreatherun.wordpress.com/

7/11/2013 11:38:22 AM Report Abuse
pollaws wrote:

Great motivational piece! Thanks

1/25/2010 10:15:41 AM Report Abuse
kimrwillems wrote:

In Fitness Magazine's March 2009 issue I saved an article titled, 'Consider Yourself a Newbie Racer' that outlines an eight week plan to run a half-marathon. I referenced this while training for my half & now want to tackle a full marathon. Therefore, I'm wanting to locate this same article for a full marathon & amnot having a luck. Can you please help?

12/30/2009 12:57:56 PM Report Abuse

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