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Feb 08

One City Marathon- Runner Profile

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 3:54 PM by Communications Department

Stanley Bryant, Newport News Shipbuilding Employee

Marathons across the world bring together people of all ages and nationalities to experience the thrill and exhilaration of competition. For the next few weeks leading to the 2017 One City Marathon, we will be bringing you insights and personal perspectives about why individuals compete in the Marathon and what it means to them.

Stanley Bryant
1) When and why did you start running?
Prior to joining the military, I loved to run. During my years in the military, I grew to dislike it because all of the formation runs seem to be a punishment to me. Shortly after my retirement from the military, I was diagnosed by my primary care physician as pre-diabetic and with high cholesterol. I was taking numerous pills and monitoring my blood sugar. One day, I got tired of it and began to ease back into running. I started running with the goal to lose weight and get off the medication that I was taking. I began running in my neighborhood and barely able to complete .25 miles without stopping. Then, I grew stronger and began to do some 5K races, then 10K, and kept progressing until I decided to make completing a marathon my goal. I completed that goal in 2015 after I completed the Marine Corps Marathon that year.

2) What advice do you have for a beginner runner?
Get your plan and stick to it. Trust in your training plan and you will see the results on race day. On race day, you run your race and don’t try to go outside of your training.

3) What is one thing that running has taught you?
Discipline and determination. I have learned to not succumb to excuses but find ways to overcome obstacles.

4) What is your favorite part of the One City Marathon?
I love the crowd support along the course from the residents in the neighborhoods along the course. I have had the opportunity to see different portions of the crowds through my participation in the Maritime 8K and Marathon Relay. I can’t wait to see all the smiling faces and hear the words of encouragement as I go along the full marathon course.

5) What race will you be running at the 2017 One City Marathon?
One City Marathon