Why I’m running the New York City Marathon (thanks in part to a TED Talk)

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May El-Khalil spoke on the power of marathons at TEDGlobal 2013. Her talk inspired me to get back to my life as a marathoner. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

May El-Khalil spoke on the power of marathons at TEDGlobal 2013. Her talk inspired me to get back to my life as a marathoner. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Every runner has a story.

Five years ago, I would never have imagined using the word “marathoner” to describe myself; I could barely run around the block, much less 26.2 miles. But one autumn Sunday, I woke up to the sounds of cheering and live music; the New York City Marathon was passing right outside my apartment building, and, for the first time in years of living in Brooklyn, I decided to see what the fuss was about. As soon as I walked up to Bedford Avenue, one of the longer stretches of the race, there was an energy in the air unlike anything I’d ever felt. I locked eyes with my first runner, a woman into her early 80s with the…

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