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Houston Runner: Taking On A Half Marathon Makes You ‘Half Crazy’

Houston runner Sandra Ruiz says when she told her family she was running a half marathon, they said she was “half crazy.” So, what does it mean now that she’s finished five full marathons?

Houston runner Sandra Ruiz.
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Houston runner Sandra Ruiz competes in the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon.


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Houstonian Sandra Ruiz got inspired to become a runner several years ago when her daughter was on the cross country team. Now, she’s run more than 2,400 miles — in just the past year.

Ruiz runs every day. She gets up in the morning at 4 a.m. to meet her friend at 4:30. They’re done running by 6 — just in time to go to work.

She ran her first half marathon in 2014.

“To which my kids said I was half crazy,” Ruiz said. “And I surprised them when I announced that I would run a full marathon the following year — proving that I was fully crazy.”

Since then, Ruiz has run in five marathons and has qualified for both the Boston and New York City marathons.