Blogger. Runner. Steelers Gal. Awesome. Mar on the Run6


I have been an avid runner for many years.  I haven’t always been that way though as running for me was more about exercise than sport.  I started out with 20-30 minute jaunts around the neighborhood and soon enough I started testing myself to go to this bridge, or this corner, which turned into mapping out mileage routes and gradually increasing my distance.

In early 2010, I was living in Boston and a friend asked me to join her and 2 other pals on the Cape for a half marathon/10 K.  I opted for the 10K (and guess how long it took me to discover how long a 10K was??!)  After that race experience, I was hooked.  I trained in the winter months (which I think has been most beneficial, I’ll run anytime, anywhere!) and ran my first ever race and 6.2 miles in 1:08.

After that, I was stymied for about 1.5 years due to a couple of major surgeries – which tested me in more ways than one.  I am now now completely healthy and committed to my ongoing health and fitness.

Over the past several years I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible including 25 half marathons (and counting) plus numerous 5K’s, 10K’s, 5 and 10 milers, and in October 2014 – my first full marathon. I also recently earned a Certificate in Health Coaching from Georgetown University.

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WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE HALF, October 2011. My first half marathon.

Through this blog and in life, so many have told me I’ve inspired them.  That is both humbling and an honor.  If I’m able to continue to inspire just one, the way others have inspired me, well, than I’d say it’s all worth it.  Thanks for joining me!

*Note:  I am not a health and fitness expert.  This blog is about me, my fitness journey, and my experiences.  Please consult with a physician before beginning any exercise or diet regimen program.  The views and opinions expressed here are just that and should not be used in place of any medical advice.

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  1. Hey! I wanted to let you know, I tagged you in an online version of tag. I haven’t ever followed through with one of these before, but I decided to play along this time. Please, please, do not feel like you have to keep it going. If you want to great, if not, no biggie. I just wanted to let you know I linked you and your blog. Hope all is well in your world and you’ve recovered from your birthday festivities! Kerry

  2. Hey! I just wanted to let you know that Piloting Paper Airplanes, my blog you follow, has moved! Please follow the new site at http://pilotingpaperairplanes.com/. I still use my wordpress reader every day, so you are not losing a reader from me. 🙂

    Have a great rest of you day! SPA <3

  3. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t gotten past a 5K and I’m starting to get antsy to go a longer distance. I think I’ll try a 10K next.10 marathons in 2012 is amazing. Are you going for 13 this year or more?

    1. 10 total races, different distances. Haven’t made it past a half yet but will eventually get to a full. I am doing 13 in 2013 this year of varying distances. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Um…I grew up in a Steeler household, which was kind of unusual on Long Island. My brother is die hard. He drives to Pittsburgh with his family every chance he gets. Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris were childhood heroes (I’m an old lady). I’m definitely subscribing to this fantastic blog!

  5. Hey Lady! Bari told me that you were running! I just started this running thang and love it!!! I ran the 1st leg of the relay i the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon. Please let me know when you will be in the Burg again for a run. You should join us for Black Girls Run Pittsburgh – Saturday Signature Run at 6:45 am on the North Side by the Roberto Clemente statute!

    Talk to you later Sole Sis!


  6. Hi Mar!

    I saw your profile on Eleven by Venus and I thought I would come say hello! I am glad to see other higher ed professionals following the brand because I am obviously a huge fan of Venus (and I’m in higher ed & student affairs field)! I can’t wait to see and other ambassador’s work on her website! 🙂

    Brian Min

  7. Wow, seriously how inspirational! I want to go out and run right now. Can’t wait to read more about your experiences, I can’t believe how many races you have run. So cool. #BlogLove

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