Hi, I’m Hilary JM Topper, but you can call me Hilary. In my late 40’s, I decided to start running. I don’t remember why I started. I used to have dreams about running but I never tried it. Now, I’m a triathlete.
When I was younger, I practically failed gym. I hated exercise and I especially didn’t want to run track. I was one of those kids who always got picked last on the team. This demotivated me for years following my High School experience.
I was always thin. My mother used to tell me that one day my weight would catch up to me. I could eat anything and not gain an ounce. I was 98 pounds when I graduated High School. When I graduated college, I gained the freshman 15 and stayed there for years until I got pregnant in my 30’s. After that, I struggled with gaining and losing weight.
When I was 47, I geared up for my first half marathon with my friend. We trained for months to run the Disney Half Marathon in Florida. We both kept getting injured but we made it to Orlando. When we got there, it was an experience from “hell!” We couldn’t get into our room until late (the hotel wasn’t ready for us) and then when we finally dropped off our bags, we both got sick. We ended up not running the race the next day and we were both disappointed.
A few months after that, I ran the NYC Half Marathon with my husband, Brian. What an amazing experience! I will never forget running through the streets of Times Square with the neon lights and feeling like the world was in my hands.
After that, I ran the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Disney 10-Miler Tower of Terror Race, the Manhattan Half (this time alone) and the Brooklyn Half Marathon.
After the Brooklyn Half, my running partner and I decided to try out a triathlon and signed up for the Captiva Tri in Western Florida. We had the most incredible first triathlon experience and both finished strong. Two weeks after that, I did the Montauk Sprint.
Since then, I have participated in nearly a dozen triathlons. In November 2016, I plan on running in the NYC Marathon. This will be my first marathon and I’ve been training for the big day for five months now!
In addition to running and triathlons, I love to blog! I have another blog, NY Lifestyle Blog and have more than 88,000 unique visitors. Recently, I combined my tech blog, Tech News Now into my lifestyle blog. I noticed from all the stats that many of the same people subscribed to both. In addition, I have a radio show on Blogtalk Radio called, Hilary Topper On Air, where I interview interesting people who own small businesses.
I could spend my entire day blogging. But, I make no money blogging, so my day job consists of being the CEO of HJMT Public Relations Inc. I started this firm in 1992 when my daughter was born. Today we have an office in NYC and Long Island. We represent regional and national clients and help them get others to know their business by offering publicity, social media marketing and everything in between. I’m passionate about what we do for our clients and I know my staff is too.
Because of my love for triathlon, I rented out Citi Field and hosted the NY TRI EXPO ’16 on March 19, 2016. The expo was a huge success. We had 2,000 athletes attend, 20+ learning events and nearly 70 exhibitors.
I look forward to sharing my running, swimming and cycling experiences and my opinions about products and services for runners with you. Please provide me with feedback by commenting on the blog posts. Let’s build a community together and share experiences. We accept guest blogs and I have already run a few posts of amazing runners who have inspired me and I know you will be enlightened as well.
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