We sat down with LuckyVitamin’s Senior Merchandising Manager, as he prepares for the Philadelphia Marathon and describes his 500 mile journey on the road.
Tell us about your relationship with running?
I still cannot believe I am doing this. I can vividly remember back when my relationship with running was more of a love-hate situation (high emphasis on the latter). I was on the track team, but by no means was I there to run. I was a thrower. My time was spent competing to see how far I could launch objects into the air and detested every second of our mandatory 2 lap warm-up around the track.
Flash forward 8 years to 2012 where I am tying up my first pair of running shoes. I pondered to myself how I let my friend talk me into running the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler race and I needed to start training. My first three mile run that day was brutal. While I dreaded every minute of it though, I didn’t quit. I had a plan to follow and I was determined to stick to it. As I gradually built up my distance and speed, I started to fall in love with running. It wasn’t just the physical aspect that I was drawn to but the mental aspect as well. Running not only presented a physical challenge but soon became became a form of mindfulness. As my feet hit the asphalt, I felt it was just me and the road; no one else could get in my way. I still remember the first time I experienced my first runners high. It felt like I was unstoppable. No matter how fast or hard I ran, I felt like I could keep going. Every run was a new experience and I could not wait to feel that high again.
Over the last two years, running has continued to challenge me in ways I would have never thought possible. I have enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) participating in numerous races of varying distances. Three months ago, I started to embark on a journey to my first marathon with no real insight into what I was getting myself into. Over 72 training runs, 500 miles, 2 pairs of shoes and countless Saturdays and Sundays later, I am now prepared to again tie up a pair of shoes, walk up to the starting line and go the distance of #26.2 miles.
What is your Advice for New Runners?
Take it slow and easy. Like any exercise, you have to build the muscle your body needs to perform. It doesn’t matter how fast you run. It is important to build up your distance, thus building up your endurance and muscle. Speed will come naturally.
What other exercise and fitness routines did you follow?
Besides running, I mixed in various cross training activities from cycling, weight training, high aerobic cross-fit classes and yoga.
What does your long pre-run meal consist of?
Half a whole wheat bagel with Almond Butter , a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Granola mixed with Purely Elizabeth Granola and 2 bananas and a little Almond Milk.