585. 26 Questions with Emily Durgin


“I was a complete wreck. I had a lot of anxiety about a lot of unnecessary things. Not even the race itself — all the outside factors, and I didn’t handle them well. I race all the time! This should have been just another race. But in my mind, I was over-worried about not making it to the start line.”

Emily Durgin spent this summer getting into the best shape of her life: marathon shape! She was gearing up to make her 26.2-mile debut at the TCS New York City Marathon — but race day didn’t go as planned. Emily, who lives and trains in Flagstaff, AZ, and is sponsored by adidas, ended up dropping out “somewhere in Harlem.” So today, we cover the fun questions in this series (first car, current car, celebrity lookalike), and Emily answers the tough questions, like what it’s really like dropping out of your marathon debut, and how to deal with mid-race stress and anxiety. In true Emily form, she’s in good spirits, she learned a lot, and she got to celebrate her friend Sharon Lokedi’s win!

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