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the inspiration

Posted Jul 27 2009 12:00am

I have been skatingseal for the past 12 years, an identity born out of a necessity to pick an AOL screenname, but one that has stood the test of time combining both my love of seals and figure skating. I loved skating and even had the wonderful opportunity to skate throughout college on the Dartmouth Figure Skating team (and become national champions!). Then I graduated from college, went to Finland on a Fulbright, travelled a lot, lived in Monaco, and moved to New York City. I joined two gyms and went sometimes, but it just did not have the same excitement as figure skating. I had always had in the back of mind that I wanted to do a marathon and my parents used to be runners so when I moved to New York City I knew it was the year to do the NYC Marathon to possibly find what was missing.

One day looking through the marathon website, I stumbled upon the Team for Kids video and knew I had found IT. Team for Kids was THE perfect way to combine my interest in promoting exercise and nutrition while gaining access to world-class coaches and motivated teammates.

The verdict: It has exceeded all expectations.

Deciding on a name for my blog, runningseal was born much the same as skatingseal had been born a decade earlier. Although today, it is blogs and not AOL that is the new "it" thing. I invite you all to share my training journey for the ING NYC Marathon 2009 with me and I hope that you will consider making a donation to support my run and the many kids whose lives could be helped by your generosity.

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