On a cold November evening I found myself pushing though my 10 minute cardio warm-up in preparation of lifting heavy objects against gravity. Half aware of the events on the television in front of me, I was suddenly awoken from my daze when the gentleman next to me requested to change the channel from the re-cap of an embarrassing World Series Game 4 loss by the N.Y. Mets to the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. For the next half hour I forgot about lifting and stood, eyes transfixed to the screen, trying to list reasons why there were so many people who were willing to put their body though 26.2 miles of pure hell. Running is a great way to improve one’s health, it taxes your cardiovascular system, creating a healthier heart. It also is a great stress reliever. By exerting excess energy and hormones, running allows for better sleep, concentration, and is always a great confidence booster.
I have always been involved sports, from tennis, volleyball, and basketball to working to achieve a personal best while lifting weights at the gym. I wanted to try something new this year that tested me both mentally and physically. When I first embarked on this journey, my running resume looked like that of a high school junior – completely lacking in experience with no notable skills. Up to this point, most of my cardiovascular exercises consisted of high-intensity training (like sprints or box jumps). Since my college days are over, I decided that now is as good of a time as any to explore the world of running. I set out with the hopes of participating in New York Road Runner’s 9+1 program with the end goal of qualifying for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.
The next step was to begin training for my goal. I had a few weeks to myself and I wanted to take full advantage of my free time to develop some good running habits. To start I would spend each morning running around my neighborhood. Then I was running to the next town, the next run I’d venture out to another one and, before I knew it, I was about to cross into Brooklyn. Within a few weeks, I found myself going further and further, discovering new paths and meeting the neighborhood dogs during my runs.
Chiropractic care has played a big part of my training regime. Sundays are my designated long run days in which I run 6+ miles. My aches and pains from my training are often alleviated after a session with one of my colleges (thank you Dr. Shure and Dr. Fiske!). With focused care on the biomechanical stresses to my ankles, my hips, and my spine, I am able to recover from my workouts faster than I would have without their help. Stay tuned for more updates on my road to the 2016 NYC marathon!
2016 Registered Races:
2/20 – Al Gordon (4 miles) Completed
3/6 – Washing Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks (5km) Completed
3/20 – United Airlines NYC Half (13.1 miles)
4/10 – City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (Volunteering)
4/24 – Run as One (4 miles)
5/8 – Japan Run (4 miles)
5/14 – UAE Healthy Kidney (10km)
6/5 – NYRR Retro (4 miles)
6/18 – Queens (10km)