Its part of my job to pitch, so I was a bit reluctant to respond to the More and Fitness PR team when emailed about my participation in this year’s Half Marathon. In fact, I didn’t respond. Representing a fitness expert, my main focus and goal is to get HER in the magazine! I’ll just stick to the race. I will say though that I did ask myself many of the same questions pitched to me during my training, to set a goal, to focus and to stick with it.
Its been a little over 8 weeks since I started “beginner level” training (can jog two miles without stopping) and amazingly I am feeling ready and confident to take on those 13.1 miles this Sunday. So, I thought I would finally answer those questions pitched to me all those weeks ago. Here I am on the other end of a pitch and approaching a finish line.
From the More/Fitness PR Team:
Are you running or walking the More/FITNESS Half-Marathon? Is this your first time participating?
I am running! I never thought once of walking during this race. This is my first time running a race ever and the longest I have ever run before training is about 3 miles.
Why did you decide to participate in the race?
I really wanted to set a goal for myself and do something I have never done before. I have never been athletic and never really pushed my body to its limits.
Is this your first race ever? If not, how many have you participated in?
This was supposed to be my first race ever, but a week before race day Jenny Skoog invited me to run a 15K in Central Park with her. I think it really helped to alleviate my pre-race jitters. I may have over done it planning for a half-marathon for my first race. Looking forward to 5K &10K fun runs!
Are you running with a partner or a team? If not, are you interested in running as part of a team?
I was planning to run alone, but I have since found a running partner (Jenny) and several of her friends are running as well. I was reluctant to join a team being so new at running. I am thinking of joining one later.
How have your friends, family and coworkers reacted to the news that you’re participating in the More/FITNESS Half Marathon?
Everyone has been so supportive! Even in the beginning when I thought, “What did I just commit myself to??” I had the support of family & friends. Training also took over parts of my social life & everyone has been very understanding.What has been most rewarding is when I hear that I’ve inspired someone (me?!).
Was there a specific motivating factor behind your decision to participate in this year’s race?
Representing a fitness expert, lets just say I’ve learned a lot about fitness! I was motivated to put my knowledge and know how on the line and push myself to meet a physical challenge.
Do you blog? Do you use social media (twitter/Facebook/etc)? If so, do you plan to share your experience with your social network?
Yes, freshflack.wordpress.com, Facebook & Twitter: @freshflack
What’s your goal for this race?
My initial goal was to finish the race in 2:30, but I have changed that to 2:15.
Do you have any training tips or advice for other women who are running the race or who would like to start training?
Start slow, listen to your body. Get advice from a professional and start now! There is no such thing as too much training!