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Why I Run displays News and Sentinel Half Marathon racers and their stories. We want to know about your running career, motivation to run and your advice to first time half marathon racers. This is your chance to show off your accomplishments, and you could be next. Contact us at and show the running world what you are made of.

Christina Myer

June 27, 2023
News and Sentinel Half Marathon

Why I Run:

Years ago, a friend of mine convinced me to start doing 5Ks with her for fun. She had also done a couple of half marathons and was considering trying a full marathon, at the time. When I moved to Parkersburg to start my career with the News and Sentinel and Marietta Times, I had never tried anything longer than a 10K. But the race coordinator persuaded me to sign up for the half marathon, and I've been doing it every year the race was held since 2014. I've done several others, too. It's good exercise, and a great way to be part of a community.

My Running Career:

First of all, no one would call what I do "running." I walk fast, jog a little bit, and am proud that my PR for a half marathon is a little over 2:49. But I sign up for all events as a runner, rather than a walker, so that I can pick up the pace when I feel able. I've done Disney half marathons, one that was held in a state park at night, shorter distances all over the country ... and even a Ragnar event which involved trail running. Some of that was at night, too. I've learned headlamps are a challenge for me. I may not be the fastest person out there - by a long shot - but I'm always having a lot of fun.

My Biggest Motivation:

Remaining involved and staying fit enough to do it. There's something a little addictive about the atmosphere of an event. But I also know I have to take care of my body enough to keep signing up.

My Running quirk:

Perhaps it's because I'm not really competing, but I've been told I get friendlier and chattier as a race goes along. By mile 10 or 11, I'm talking to people along the course, waving ... I attempted a cartwheel once, and that was successful; I attempted a leap to touch the "top of 13th Street hill" sign and that was painful. I guess it's the closest I get to a runner's high.

Advice for other runners:

Just give it a shot, if you are willing to push yourself past the discomfort and unfamiliarity. You can do it. Really.

My Parkersburg News and Sentinel history:

I have Ran in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon seven times.



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