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Poughkeepsie Journal featured Dyson Psychology Professor Angela Legg in "Running offers social connection over self-reliance"

06/04/2020

Poughkeepsie Journal featured Dyson Psychology Professor Angela Legg in "Running offers social connection over self-reliance"

Enter Angela Legg. A professor of psychology at Pace University in Westchester County, Legg is originally from Georgia, where she got her undergraduate and master's degrees. She completed her Ph.D. studies at UC Riverside in California. When she and her husband moved to downstate New York in 2013, the term “fish out of water” comes to mind.

“It was definitely a culture shock for us to move to New York,’’ Legg said. “We didn't have any family or friends here and it was difficult to find community. Our first few years in New York were especially rocky.’’

The first two winters (2014 and 2015) were colder and snowier than normal, for a couple not accustomed to persistent winter weather. Other personal health issues weighed them down as well. “All of that combined with little to no social network left me depressed, anxious and 55 pounds heavier than my grad school weight – despite finally having my dream career,’’ she said.

After a few years in Westchester, Legg and her husband moved to Fishkill (“We fell in love with Dutchess County,” she said). But still, Legg struggled with athletic motivation that she said was easier to find in well-connected running communities in Georgia and California. That is, until she hooked up with the Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie community.

The strong social connections formed by the Fleet Feet groups are exactly what Dr. Murthy discusses at length in his excellent book. And it was just what the doctor ordered for Angela Legg. Even during this pandemic, her running has blossomed, thanks in large part to the connectivity of the Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie running group.

Read the full Poughkeepsie Journal article.