MARI DE MONTE

MARI DE MONTE

OCCUPATION: BARBER, ENTREPRENEUR

OCCUPATION: BARBER, ENTREPRENEUR

Mari De Monte knows disappointment. A little too well, if you ask her. After six months of vigorous training, after balancing work with life in New York and gearing up all for one race…she fell at mile 4. In front of the city she has called home for more than a decade. All the work she put in, all that she had sacrificed, it wasn’t enough. By mile 14, her knee swelled. By 17, just across the bridge from Manhattan, she had to do something she never trained for, that no runner trains for — bowing out of a race in the middle of it. “That was one of the hardest things I ever had to do,” Mari remembers. “It just kind of broke me.”     

Mari De Monte knows disappointment. A little too well, if you ask her. After six months of vigorous training, after balancing work with life in New York and gearing up all for one race…she fell at mile 4. In front of the city she has called home for more than a decade. All the work she put in, all that she had sacrificed, it wasn’t enough. By mile 14, her knee swelled. By 17, just across the bridge from Manhattan, she had to do something she never trained for, that no runner trains for — bowing out of a race in the middle of it. “That was one of the hardest things I ever had to do,” Mari remembers. “It just kind of broke me.”     

Then, the doubt followed. “At that point, I was like, ‘You know what? Maybe marathons aren’t for me. Maybe that’s not the distance I’m not supposed to run.’” That was, until the email came. She’d been accepted to run Berlin.

Then, the doubt followed. “At that point, I was like, ‘You know what? Maybe marathons aren’t for me. Maybe that’s not the distance I’m not supposed to run.’” That was, until the email came. She’d been accepted to run Berlin.

Mari saw the bib as a sign — a chance at redemption. Stepping onto the course wouldn’t be easy, she knew that, but Mari was ready. With the lessons of resiliency from her parents instilled in her heart, with her crew, the Black Roses, by her side, the words of her coach flowed through her mind: “Just run it. At whatever speed, at whatever tempo you want, just run it. But make it worth an effort.”

 

That was the push she needed. Even with a new PR in the books, Mari isn’t done yet. A year after her fall in New York, she’s eyeing the start line with a new perspective. “Regardless of the outcome, you have to leave it once it’s done. It’s hard when you put so much into one thing, but that’s why running is so great.”     

    

Mari saw the bib as a sign — a chance at redemption. Stepping onto the course wouldn’t be easy, she knew that, but Mari was ready. With the lessons of resiliency from her parents instilled in her heart, with her crew, the Black Roses, by her side, the words of her coach flowed through her mind: “Just run it. At whatever speed, at whatever tempo you want, just run it. But make it worth an effort.”

 

That was the push she needed. Even with a new PR in the books, Mari isn’t done yet. A year after her fall in New York, she’s eyeing the start line with a new perspective. “Regardless of the outcome, you have to leave it once it’s done. It’s hard when you put so much into one thing, but that’s why running is so great.”     

    

HOW THE CITY BREAKS THROUGH

HOW THE CITY BREAKS THROUGH

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