Name: Jena Arling
Location: New York City
To be honest, I hated running until I was in college. I went out for a run one spring when I was really stressed out, and I've never looked back. I started distance running about six years ago, and worked my way up to a marathon.
I found TMIRCE when I was training for my second and bucket-list race, the NYC marathon. I was looking to increase my speed, and uncover good spaces to run in the City other than Central Park. I finished my first track workout exhausted and ready for another. I felt encouraged and included by people just as crazy about running as I am. Since then, I've attended numerous TMIRCE events and they never disappoint.
TMIRCE has taught me to never underestimate the power of a high-five.