Each week we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. This week we’re featuring Melanie Owens, a comedian, half marathoner, and all around do-gooder.
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Running my first half marathon in September. I was in a sling all summer due to an injury, and unfortunately couldn’t train as much as I wanted to. While on the train to Montauk (where the half was), I said I would just do the 5k. But as we neared the East End, the energy was contagious. We got a little carried away and excited, so naturally, I decided to run the full half. I thought I was going to hate the experience, but it was a beautiful course and the runner’s high I’ve heard so much about certainly rang true — and it felt great to know I could run that distance. I recently ran the More/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half with two girls I grew up with – also a great experience; my favorite part was when it’s over.
How did you achieve it?
I think this was a mix of mind over matter. It’s amazing what your body can do once you convince yourself of something (slash when you’re on mile 7 and you realize the quickest way to the finish line is to just keep running). I do wish I trained more, but I was happy to learn that a half marathon was something my body was capable of. I was always involved with team sports as a kid, so I think running races with friends to motivate you is a big help. I’ve accepted my hoop dreams of making the WNBA are not going to come to fruition, but I’m OK with this alternative. Social running, you know? Then you have an excuse to have a BBQ.
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