Anchor Runs 1000 Miles


FTVLive has made our New Year’s resolution to spend more time on the elliptical and in the gym.

But, that is nothing compared to WABC Sports Anchor Sam Ryan.

Since 2016, Ryan has set and completed an ambitious resolution: to run 1,000 miles every year.

“If you think about it, it’s less than 20 miles a week,” the 49-year-old mother of two says.

Ryan, a self-described running addict, says she’s used to carving out space for the sport in her life. She’s run nine marathons, including one in 2018, and race prep typically requires running twice as far as her annual goal demands — 40 miles per week or more.

Even so, she says it’s still a struggle every year to stay consistent amid life’s many curveballs, from job changes to parenting hurdles to extreme weather.

“You just have to know that life happens, but you figure out a way to work around it and then you feel better about yourself,” says Ryan, who is also the ambassador for the New York Road Runners’ Team for Kids, which raises money for youth-fitness programs.

In 2018, she says, keeping her resolution was harder and “more of an accomplishment” than it was in 2016 and 2017, when she easily knocked the miles out by the start of December. This year brought a death in the family, as well as a major career shift: In October, she was promoted from a part-time freelance reporting role to her current full-time position at WABC.

“Sometimes I got home from work at 10 p.m. and had to get a mile in on the treadmill,” says Ryan.

Congrats to her and maybe I can find the time to knock out a few more minutes on the elliptical. But a 1000 miles?


H/T NY Post