Marla Horenbein

Marla Warms (and Lightens) Up

Marla loosens up her legs. Afterwards, she felt like she was gliding while running.

Marla loosens up her legs. Afterwards, she felt like she was gliding while running.

One week down…how many more cold ones to go?! Seriously though, this cold and snowy weather has been horrible!  It’s hard enough waking up to get ready for work on a normal day, but having to wake up an hour earlier (5:45 a.m. to be exact) to go for a run in the cold…not my cup of tea! Give me sunshine and a beach to run on, no problem. Icy, snow covered roads, no thanks!

But after some trial and error in the snow, I am trying to make it work and have resorted to training on the treadmill at my gym. This seems to be doable for now, but I know once the longer distances start rolling in, I am going to have to bundle up and fight the cold. Working in the fashion department here has allowed me to see all of the cool winter running gear that is out there though and I think I am fully prepared to face Jack Frost! My key bundling pieces this week were these awesome running mitts by Saucony (they also kept my hands toasty while watching my brother’s college ice hockey game the other night!), and these fleece-lined running tights by Champion. Hopefully with other winterized running pieces like these my outdoor training sessions will be somewhat bearable!

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Meet Marla, Half-Marathon Newbie!

Marla (on left) with some of her running buddies before a 5K last summer.

Marla (on left) with some of her running buddies before a 5K last summer.

Hey there FITNESS readers! I never thought I would actually have the guts to sign up to run a half-marathon. I’ve always wanted to train for something like this, but let’s be real: We all say we want to do things and then never actually get around to doing them, or come up with a million and one reasons why we can’t. The first hurdle though was signing up (which I obviously did,) so now there is no way out. Let the training begin!

So you are probably wondering who I am and why I am doing this, right? For starters, I’m 22-year-olds and I’m the Fashion Assistant here at the magazine. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in May (go Rams!) and have been fortunate to land this amazing job right out of college. The office environment definitely encourages me to stay fit, which is why when I saw that the magazine was on a hunt for first time half-marathon runners my first instinct was “Yes, I can do this!” But of course I had my doubts and asked myself some important questions. “Do I have enough time in my schedule to train?” “Am I really strong enough to get through 13.1 miles?” and the more obvious questions, “Are you nuts? Why would you want to do that?”

That last question really got me thinking though. I just got out of a relationship and have been feeling like I needed to do something drastic for myself, yet not entirely life changing. I’d already dyed my hair a different color (my friends always joke that I’m a habitual hair dyer), had gone shopping to ease the pain from the break-up and had just started hitting the town with friends to try to have a good time again. But I felt like I needed something else to keep me occupied (as if a new job in New York City wasn’t enough!). So when the opportunity to train for a half-marathon came to me, I decided to take the bull by the horns, put all my doubts behind me, and run with it—literally. I was going to do this for me!

So as training begins, I’m still a little nervous that I won’t have the right amount of time to train, or even the will to train since it’s freezing outside! I’m also a little worried that I won’t be eating the right foods to keep myself energized for the super long distance days. That’s normal though right? I sure hope so! Because I’m doing this and I’m so excited to be sharing it with all of you. And actually—this will be life changing…I’m happy to take on this challenge!

I hope you all visit again next week to see how my first week of training went! Wish me luck!