URBANA -- A University of Illinois student ran track in high school, but considered herself more of a cheerleader than a runner. That's going to change next month when she runs the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
It will be Tyranny Davis' first 26.2 miler ever. Last spring's event helped get her on this path. She's this week's Face of the Race.
Tyranny was born in Urbana and lives in Champaign. Last spring, her best friend encouraged her to run the Presence 5K around her hometown. She did and got bit by the running bug.
"I was like, 'You know what? I'm just going to commit, train for the marathon next year and do it,'" said Tyranny.
She was already athletic because of her background.
"I was a cheerleader all through middle school and high school," said Tyranny.
But training for a full marathon is a different kind of challenge.
"I definitely thought it would be hard," said Tyranny. "I didn't know how hard it would be. It's a little bit more of a struggle than I thought, but I'm still working on it."
Tyranny is already a marathon studier. She spends hours at a time at the library.
"I'm studying molecular and cellular biology," said Tyranny.
She's a sophomore at the University of Illinois, so she has to squeeze workouts in between study sessions.
"It's a lot," said Tyranny. "It's a lot of time. I don't like the running itself as much as I like finishing the run. After the run, I feel really good. I feel energized. A little tired, but once I get some food, I feel really great after the run."
There's one big run to finish next month and Tyranny can already picture how that will be.
"Seeing my friend and family who are waiting, who think I'm crazy for running the marathon, but they're also going to be really proud and excited for me," said Tyranny. "So I'm looking forward to crossing the finish line and being done with my training."
That's a goal everyone who runs hopes to look forward to.
Tyranny is doing the I-Challenge, so she'll have the 5K the night before, which she did last year. The big change will be when she turns around and does the marathon in the morning.
Race weekend is just about a month away. The Health and Fitness Expo kicks off Thursday, April 20. Friday, April 21 is the Presence Health 5K, then the Illinois Marathon is Saturday, April 22.