Meet NYC Running Coach Marnie

I’m a RRCA-certified running coach offering personalized training plans for runners of all levels, but my specialty is beginners and people who want to lose weight. I’m a NYC running coach and creator of Runstreet. I lead the Runstreet Brooklyn running group, as well as coach individuals and groups in the NYC area and have virtual clients all over the world. 

I love to spread the sport of running to as many people as possible, so we can all share in the health benefits — both mental and physical — of one of the oldest, most effective forms of exercise, and have fun in the process. Forget what your coach or P.E. teacher told you years ago — running is not a punishment but a privilege that connects us with our primal nature while making us stronger people –both physically and mentally, better equipped to handle the stresses of modern life.

What is Your Running Tale?

Here is my running story:

My running tale isn’t an epic Steve Prefontaine-esque, world champion rise to fame but more of a quiet, enduring love story. Though I may not win the Boston Marathon or compete in the Olympics, for me running is about passion, life, adventure and courage. Running is so much more than times, places and numbers. Running is a way of living and being.

Running is as romantic as I get. Through all the trials and tribulations in my life, running has sparked flames of ongoing passion and dedication (that have outlasted my relationship passions, as my mom points out), and inspired me to reach out and help others fall head over heels for running too. In fact, after all these years, I’m still so smitten, I’ve become a running coach.

Love At First Stumble?

I kind of stumbled into running by default. As an awkward tween, I was too uncoordinated for ball sports and too shy for the cheerleading or dance squads. Cross country was the only sport that didn’t have try-outs, so I laced up my clunky New Balance sneakers one fall day and went to cross country practice on our school’s crumbling cinder block track. And I haven’t stopped running since.
It wasn’t exactly love at first step, but more of an ongoing, growing love that has become a full-blown til-death-do-us-part type deal. Running has carried me through loneliness, grief, temptation and self-destruction, always offering a positive motivator to stay healthy and meet inspiring people along the way.

Running Ain’t Easy

Sure there have been low points with running, those WTF moments where I’ve questioned why I do this grueling sport. My first cross country race, a high school 5K, felt horrifically long and painful, and I remember telling myself, as I stopped to walk with a cramp during mile 3, that it was hell and I’d never run a 5K again.

But after finishing, I couldn’t help but think “I can do better,” daring myself to do it again. And since then, I’ve been hooked. Hooked on the unending challenges, adventures, adrenaline rush, and feeling of absolute freedom when I run. Lacing up my sneakers and going out to explore new cities, new trails and seeing new sights on familiar paths has kept a spring in my step from age 13 on. Not to mention the dedicated, passionate and bad ass runners I’ve met along the way.

Blazing Trails

From the paraplegic runners competing in the Chicago Men’s Health Urbanathlon (the most grueling race I’ve done to date) to the team members running between hospital stays with Crohn’s disease that I coached for the Las Vegas Half Marathon for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, runners’ courage and fierceness have continued to amaze me. These runners’ feats have dwarfed my challenges.

And I’ve had my fair share of obstacles. The two-a-day cross country practices in August heat in college, where our coach praised puking, a high school track race where I got so nervous I ran off the track, achilles injuries, and the 12-degree half marathon that chilled my bones so much that no amount of hot showering helped, to name a few.

Running Zen

But with running, as with life, the real challenge is mental. And every time that whining tween rares up in my mind and says “this is hell,” the memories of a thousand runs past, and the pounding footsteps of thousands of other runners flow forth, and I dig in to keep running, knowing “I can do this.” And I’m in good company.

So here’s to you, my fellow runners, for continuing to run and persist through times of pain, pressure, heat, cold and most of all, joy. May the streets of Runstreet inspire you along your path. For additional help and motivation, contact me for coaching and personalized training programs.