Angela Barraco didn’t think of herself as a runner after running her first marathon, but as much as she may want to deny it she clearly is a runner at this point in her life!
An Accidental Marathoner
Angela ran her first marathon by accident, or more accurately, signed up for her first marathon by accident.
After college, Angela was looking for ways to be more active on a regular basis, so she signed up for a half marathon. She figured that since she had paid the money already, she’d be motivated to do the training.
She did, and she loved it!
After that first half marathon, Angela heard about the NYC half and she decided to sign up.
Registration was closed, but charity spots were open, so she figured what the heck.
One thing led to another, and she got the confirmation: Congratulations! You’re Registered for the NYC Marathon!
Apparently, Angela clicked the wrong link at some point in the process and accidentally signed up for 26.2 instead of 13.1!
She was on the hook for a lot of money as a registered charity runner, so once the shock wore off she got down to business and started training.
A Love of All Things Disney
In addition to really enjoying the NYC marathon, Angela also has a love for all things Disney–especially Disney races!
She’s run several Disney races, including the Dopey Challenge, and loves the laid back atmosphere that racing at Disney provides.
I asked Angela for some tips to running Disney races as a part of a vacation, which is something I have zero experience doing, and she gave some great advice.
From running instead of racing to looking at the races as their own “days” and the rest of the day at the park as a separate “day”, I think her tips were spot on.
Runner in Denial? Really?
When Angela started running, she didn’t consider herself a “real runner”.
But she’s starting to warm up to the idea, though she still goes back and forth between calling herself a runner and simply being someone who runs.
At the end of the day, whether she wants to call herself a runner or not, she’s definitely a part of the running community.
And that’s good enough for me.
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