Welcome to my running blog. I’m Sabrina and I’m a runner and just like you I also have my very own special story. Running and fitness has become a very important part of my life. About 4 years ago I started running on the treadmill (yes, I know – it’s like swimming without water) in my hometown in Germany – it was more to burn some extra fat that I had gained over the years of eating wrong. When I moved to New York City I started running outdoors more frenquently because it became more exciting and challenging for me.
Hello New York City
I would run at the gym, on the track, through Central Park surrounded by so many inspiring runners in this amazing city full of inspiring athletes. No, I wasn’t running to lose weight anymore – I was running because I enjoyed it and my goal was to become a competitive runner here in New York. By that time I started this running blog. Sharing my emotions, goals and accomplishments with my followers motivated me even more.
Living right by the Hudson River made running just beautiful and peaceful. The gorgeous view gave me that extra boost to run longer and faster and it was helping me to become stronger with every run. When I realized how passionate I was becoming I signed up for my first race: After only six months of running, I ran my first half marathon: The NYC Half. I never missed it ever since.
Right after the NYC Half 2015 I was diagnosed with a pretty bad hip diysplasia. I’ve had it since I was a baby the doctor told me and never knew about it before. I couldn’t train properly for the next 3 months. I started therapy and began with weight training. My doc told me that running isn’t something I should do, my hip isn’t made for that kind of pressure and especially not for long distances. To maintain my stamina I bought a road bike and added cycling to my training.
Not to run anymore wasn’t an option for me. Cycling definitely helped me through the time, when running was impossible due to consistent pain in my hip. Over motivated me ran the next half marathon in October 2015 and of course I felt horrible. Just crossing that finish line in Staten Island was a success though since my doctor promised me that I could never run any long distance races anymore.
Hope and Dreams
Running has taught me a lot so far. One of the most important things is to never give up. We all experience failures, injuries and everything else that life throws at us. It’s important to focus on the positive. A few months later with more confidence, a stronger hip and so much more mental strength I was ready for the next Half Marathon. I spent more time at the gym training my legs to prevent these injuries from re-occurring. And here I was: March 2016: Full of power and totally prepared for this. I felt so strong. I finished in 1 hour and 50 minutes which is still incredible after what I had been through.
The NYC Half 2016 has changed me. You can accomplish anything, all you have to do is believe in yourself and take your time. So my next big challenge will be the TCS NYC Marathon 2017 – I qualified for the “race of a lifetime” in 2016. Same here, I do believe in myself and I know who I am as a runner. Sometimes we have to fall and stand back up again – that is what makes us stronger.
I also finished my license as a running coach, which has always been a dream since I started running. Now I am able to share this sports with others and help them to improve their fitness, pace or prepare them for their races. Dreams come true, all you have to do is be patient.