New York City Marathon

New Year’s resolutions for rec-minded folks

New Year’s resolutions for rec-minded folks

Her ambition for 2017 is a simple one: to start, and finish, her first marathon. For Karen Malinowski, the clock is ticking.

"I'm turning 40 this year, so I figure, why not?" said Malinowski, an attorney from Towson. "I've run seven half-marathons, so people say, 'Why not run a full one?'"

A whimsical goal, it is not.

"It's not that easy," she said. "In fact, it's very scary. I'd like to run either the New York City Marathon, or one in Richmond. They're both in November, and I'm worried already. I'm going to need all of that time to train."

Like other recreational athletes, she made her objective a New Year's...