Talia Rosen: “I’m Running This Marathon Because I Know How It Feels to Be Betrayed by My Own Body”

Talia Rosen: “I’m Running This Marathon Because I Know How It Feels to Be Betrayed by My Own Body”

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Each week, we highlight a unique NYRR Team for Kids runner and talk training runs, race-day rituals, and recovery. This week, 19-year-old Talia Rosen tells us about all that she’ll be celebrating when she crosses the TCS New York City Marathon finish line with her father on November 5.

What excites you most about running the TCS New York City Marathon with NYRR Team for Kids?
The privilege of connecting my goal for great health with the 267,000 youth that TFK serves. I love that I get to introduce this important cause to my friends and family. It's very motivating to be surrounded by a community of runners all training and raising money for this cause together. And I’m excited to be running with my dad, Warren!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running the path along the West Side Highway. Seeing the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty makes it easy to want to keep moving forward.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. When one of their songs come on, running feels a whole lot easier.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Peanut butter banana sandwich!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
This is best answered by explaining two journeys:

Warren (my dad):
I began running in August 2014 after a significant two-week hospitalization with pneumonia, which required surgery. I ultimately recovered and set many life goals with the major one being to complete a full marathon by age 50. Having never been a runner, within the next 20 months, I completed three half-marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks, and my first full New York City Marathon in 2015. I haven’t stopped since, and my continued message to family, friends, and clients about longevity, vitality, and wellness has been consistent, inspiring them to make lifestyle changes as well. Talia is the biggest inspiration in my life and together we are running for Team for Kids, an extraordinary charity.   

Talia:
I am running the New York City Marathon because I finally can. Being able to run the marathon is a dream that I never imagined could be possible. Since 10th grade, I have lived a life filled with illness and uncertainty. I was diagnosed with POTS syndrome, which caused me to pass out when I stood. I was sick so often that I had to be home-instructed in 11th grade for safety. I got through each week by cherishing the days that I felt healthy enough to go to a softball practice or a game. Being able to exercise was a privilege, and my body never let me forget that.

Near the end of my senior year, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and Graves disease. I felt certain that my body would never allow me to experience life in the way that I wanted. I had surgery to remove my thyroid that spring and radioactive iodine treatment that summer. I began Barnard College feeling exhausted. After a year of college and a difficult recovery, I now know how to honor my journey. I genuinely believe that the past four years have given me the gift of cherishing life.

It’s time for me to begin my new life—one of health, love, and happiness. I’m not running this marathon just for me; I’m running it because I know how it feels to be betrayed by my own body, and I know how it feels to make it to the other side of that. I am running the marathon because it is the perfect way to thank life for the endless opportunities it is providing for me. I am running with my incredible father, who has been alongside me through everything. I can’t wait to cross the finish line with him. My new journey begins with the New York City Marathon. 

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions? If so, please explain.
I'm a morning runner. I relax and read while I have coffee and a light breakfast. 

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
My father and I are a team raising funds for the charity. He has run two half-marathons with TFK previously. When I learned about TFK’s mission, it was an obvious match for me as well.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I'm 19 years old and a sophomore at Barnard College. I'm studying english and political science. In high school, I majored in vocal at LaGuardia Arts. I love singing and being a part of a community that shares my passions. I have amazing and supportive family and friends that I love endlessly.

To learn more about NYRR Team for Kids, visit runwithtfk.org.

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