Abby Wambach Is Running Her First Marathon

Abby Wambach Is Running Her First Marathon

Abby Wambach would really like to be done with running. At least that’s what she said before boarding a plane to run the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

It’s not like she isn’t used to training: When she retired from the U.S. women’s soccer team in 2015, she had secured 184 goals, two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup championship.

It’s just that she’s been training for this particular marathon for quite a long time. She began running in earnest in 2018, a progression she described as one from walking to something she calls “wogging” to jogging to running.

In 2019, she decided to try to fulfill what she called a “weird dream” of becoming a marathoner. So she began training for the 2020 New York City Marathon.

The cancellation of last year’s race was a relief, she said, until she realized she’s been training for a marathon for several years.

On Sunday, she will line up at the marathon start line at the base of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with the former U.S. women’s soccer players Leslie Osborne, Lauren Holiday and Kate Markgraf, now the general manager of the U.S. women’s soccer team.

They’re excited to run together, but Wambach is charging her headphones, just in case.

“I’m planning on going quicker than I’m thinking I will,” she said a few days before the race. “I’m very competitive.”

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