Happy Marathon Monday to all those who ran the TCS New York City Marathonyesterday! It is always such an inspiring day -- Congrats to all our clients who ran this year! WiO's got some runners on our team as well, so what better time than to introduce our marvelous marathoners to you. Aliyah, Jamie and Lisa have shared with us just what makes them run -- Read on!

What marathons have you run?

I've run 7 marathons: New York City, Niagara Falls, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, the Hamptons, and Chicago. My best time was at the Hamptons Marathon last year -- I was the 11th fastest woman.

What drove you to run a marathon? Was it a personal goal? A charity?

I've always been into working out, having played soccer in college. But I had never run more than 8 miles before I decided to prepare for my first marathon. What catalyzed my decision was going to support a friend running the NYC marathon in 2007. The crowds were amazing -- and I loved seeing the determination and perseverance from all the runners, no matter their physical ability, shape, size, speed, age, or gender. I just loved that everyone was coming together from all over the world to achieve one common goal: getting across that finish line. I thought, "Hey, if all of these people can do this, so can I."

Have you always been a runner?

I played soccer in high school and college, so running has always been a part of my life -- but it was always a supplemental part of the sport. I didn't start running for the sake of running until 2007. Now, I can't imagine not having running in my life. I love that I can be anywhere, and only need a pair of shoes to get a good workout and clear my head. When my husband and I spent a year living in India (with no gym around us), this was especially helpful!

What's next?! Any other races in the pipeline?

I signed up for the lottery for the NYC half marathon in the spring. My next goal is to do a half Iron Man!

What marathons have you run?

I ran the NYC marathon twice.

What drove you to run a marathon? Was it a personal goal? A charity?

When I decided to run the marathon, I had a ton of half marathons and years of racing under my belt. When I finally reached my half marathon goal time, it was time to take on the full marathon.

Have you always been a runner?

I've always been a competitive runner, but I also enjoy going out for a casual run and getting lost for hours in my thoughts and music. I've been known to lose track of time and realize I've been running around Hoboken for 20+ miles, so I knew I could handle the 26.2.

What's next?! Any other races in the pipeline?

Running the marathon was far and away my favorite athletic experience. I wanted NYC to be my first, but I will definitely run more in other cool cities in the future.

What marathons have you run?

I ran the New Jersey Marathon in May 2009, prior to that I did the New York City Half Marathon and then post full marathon I did another half marathon in Miami.

What drove you to run a marathon? Was it a personal goal? A charity?

My close friend that I cheered with in college was married to a great guy that we knew throughout college. A year after they were married he became very sick. It was a form of a blood cancer that was extremely aggressive.When he got diagnosed, I decided to run the marathon with

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and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It seemed to be the least I could do, while he was in a hospital for 9-months straight going through treatments, training in the bitter cold didn't seem to be that big of a sacrifice on my end. It made me appreciate the health that I did have.

Have you always been a runner?

I started running after college, but nothing intense. It actually all started one summer because I'm obsessed with the beach and saw there was a Jersey Shore 5-mile Race Series. So every month I would sign up for a different race in a different beach town. Then after the race, I would sit on the beach. It was a win/win!

What's next?! Any other races in the pipeline?

Running has become my form of therapy. It's something that calms me down, clears my head, and let's me brainstorm new ideas for the business. While I may do some more races eventually, there is nothing in the pipeline. Right now, I find solace in my morning runs, I'm sure I have trotted past a few of you in town!I've learned it's not really about how many races you ran or how fast you run them, it's whether you walk away with a better sense of clarity, accomplishment and overall happiness, even if the finish line is just your apartment door.