Not only was I raising money for hungry people in my community, but I was attaining my personal goals, too. What a difference a year makes! Last year, I was gearing up for Run 10 Feed 10 by cutting my times on every practice run. I finished with a personal best and felt amazing.
This year, I’ll be about 15 pounds heavier—oh, and I’m due to deliver my first child in December. So as you might imagine, I haven’t been running as much as I was around this time last September.
Nagging hip and back injuries that were with me during last year’s run have recently acted up again as I’ve gotten further along in my pregnancy. I have to listen to my body—and it’s telling me not to run long distances. So how do you train for a race when you know you won’t have the same result as before? And should you even join if you know you can’t run the whole race? Absolutely—just run-walk it.
This year, I’m not only hosting the Run 10 Feed 10 event in New York City; I’ll be run-walking it. My trainer, Mark Langowski, always emphasizes that setting small goals helps you achieve the longer goals—and this is a great example of that.
Just run-walk the course with me (and check out Langowski’s tips on run-walking your next race).
Mommies-to-be, this means you! As long as your doctor says it’s safe, come walk or walk-jog with us! That’s the beauty of a race like this; there will be people at every ability level.
At the end, we’ll all meet at the same finish line, and we’ll all be raising money for a valiant cause. We’ll finish as one community—for our community.