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Her NYC Marathon Story

By Michael Shain

“Set a plan. Follow the plan.”

That’s the simple formula Kathleen Adonolfi when she decided a year ago to run in the New York City Marathon for the first time.

The 38-year-old speech pathologist from Bayside has been running seriuously since 2009.

“But there is a big difference in running and running a marathon,” she said.

A volunteer for Achilles International, the group that aids handicapped runners in competitive races, Kathleen ran the second half of last year’s NYC Marathon with a young woman who had suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident.

“It inspired me,” she said. “If they could do it, so can I. I wanted to be a part of this.”

We followed Kathleen through her final few weeks of training leading up to last Sunday’s race through the five boroughs.

Here’s a glimpse of her journey.

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