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Help Megan Run the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon !

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At 17, the doctors told me I would never run again cause of my Rheumatoid Arthritis and the severity of it in my knee's as well as having Fibromyalgia. I am now training for my first FULL MARATHON! :)

I ran track, cross country, and played soccer all my life. During my junior year of high school, I started having horrible knee pain. My coaches kept telling me to just ice it and take Motrin. I knew the pain was more than that - my senior year the doctors diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis ( I had back pain when I was 12..). By the time I graduated high school, I was in a huge knee brace and that was it. I took it upon myself to find a physical therapist and he saved my life. Seriously. I had almost ZERO range in motion in my left knee - it was really tough to walk. He gave me my life back. By the end of the summer, I moved to Greensboro, NC for my first year of college and joined the club soccer team. I still wore my brace during practices and games, but I could run! When the pain came back, I listened to my body and knew when to take a break. I joined the swim team second year and that REALLY helped.

In April 2012, I ran my first 5k since highschool...during my third year of college. It felt INCREDIBLE! After that, all I wanted to do was starting doing races again...so I did!

Since moving to New York in August 2013 - the city has brought me to life. Runs in Central Park, the West Side Highway, Queensboro Bridge...whether it's alone or with friends I've met from NYC INSTARUNNERS or just random meet ups...I wouldn't trade this for the world.

I went from barely being able to walk, to having completed FIVE half-marathons, my last one being Women's More / Fitness Half-Marathon in Central Park. The New York City Marathon is my goal this year. It's time to make a difference, I'll be running for the Arthritis Foundation to support those who can't get out there themselves. :)

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

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