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Heather MacAulay

My goal was to…simply, cross the finish line.

Now, I know you are thinking that this doesn't sound very ambitious, especially since I run dozens of races a year. However, crossing the New York City Marathon finish line was one of the most extraordinary and exhilarating moments of my life! I get a chill, just thinking about it!

Following a major health setback during marathon training, I needed strong will and determination to recover and re-build my strength. I must say I feel very blessed to have been able to continue to train with the support and encouragement of family, friends and Andrew! As you avid runners and supporters know all too well, a health setback can put a serious dent race training and in my case it forced me to realign my goals for the NYC Marathon. Rather than a personal best, I set out to prove to myself that I could overcome any obstacle put in front of me and was determined to cross that finish line!

So off I went to New York City with my sister and running partners. I had a serious case of the race jitters wondering if I would be able to pull it off after losing so much stamina. But there is just something about the energy of thousands of runners, supporters and volunteers lining the streets. I could just feel the buzz and anticipation in the air on that chilly fall day. I must say the run was no cake walk, but I managed to push through and crossing that finish line was one of the biggest rewards in my life so far.

My experience at the New York City Marathon has taught me to never give up.