Yesterday was FITNESS magazine's 3rd annual MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon—and the weather was in our favor indeed! Unlike past years, the temperature was just right and it was a sunny, beautiful day in Central Park. I learned that this particular race is the largest women's only half-marathon in the country—way to go ladies! And it's no wonder why: I haven't seen race-day energy like this at any other race I've been involved with. There's something really special about a women's only race (sorry dudes) because the ladies really know how to make things fun. From tutus and hot pink knee socks to running with your mom, women make breaking a sweat a party you don't want to miss. The racers were pumped up from start to finish and just being there, even as a spectator, made you feel like a better person. Since I was "working" on something special for the magazine, I wasn't able to run the race, but I enjoyed keeping track of a few very special ladies who I've been working with for the past three months.
The line of runners stretches on and on...
I also bumped into Tara Costa from season seven of The Biggest Loser. She ran the race with her best friend who is a newbie to the running thing. And, Tara looked great—still in prime form since leaving the show. Way to go Tara! Also at the race, was Healthy Tipping Point blogger Caitlin Boyle (also of Operation Beautiful). She was with other blogger friends, Jenn of Fit Bottomed Girls and Gabriela of Une Vie Saine, but they were walking the race due to injuries. I think that's pretty awesome though—who says you have to just run a half-marathon? Walking is just as good, and with over 10,000 other participants the energy of the race makes it super fun! Thinking about walking your first half marathon? Check our Caitlin's advice HERE and then try FITNESS' walking plan to get started on your own walking goals.
Tara Costa from Biggest Loser & me at the finish line!
For the past 10 weeks, our Half-Marathon Diaries blog has been following two runners, FITNESS' fashion assistant Marla as she trains and runs her first half-marathon, and sales account director Susan who was running her third half-marathon but this time raising money for her favorite charity, Team Hole In The Wall Gang. They had different experiences but both stories are so inspiring. Is a half-marathon on your bucket list? If so, read about Marla and Susan's 10 week training and start planning your first race too. Looking for even MORE inspiration? Check out my list of favorite running blogs!
BLOGS WE LOVE THAT GET YOU IN THE RUNNING MOOD!
Healthy Tipping Point: www.healthytippingpoint.com
Fit Bottomed Girls: www.fitbottomedgirls.com
Une Vie Saine: www.une-vie-saine.com
Half-Marathon Diaries: www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/halfmarathondiaries
Hungry Runner Girl: www.hungryrunnergirl.com
Sweat Once A Day: www.sweatonceaday.blogspot.com
Peanut Butter Runner: www.peanutbutterrunner.com
So, are you convinced yet that racing is totally awesome and just so much fun (not to mention SO good for your body and your mind too—oh and totally addicting!)? You'll feel better once you take that first step, trust me. Okay so here's all you need to start hitting the pavement today. If you can't make it outdoors for a jog, try the treadmill. Just hop on one tonight and run for 15-20 minutes. Then everyday tack on a few minutes or another mile. It's really that easy. The hardest part is starting—and since you only start something once, that can't be so bad, now can it? If you need a nudge try following us on Twitter to stay motivated too!
If you need help or have a particular question about getting started on a walk or run plan, leave us your comments and I'll definitely get back to you!