And just like that, I am now in week 7 of marathon training which also means I am now less than 100 days away from running the 2018 NYC Marathon and less than 100 days away from meeting my fundraising goal of $3000 for Grassroot Soccer! I want to update you on how the training is going but first I want to share more about why I chose to partner up with Grassroot Soccer to run this year’s NYC Marathon.
Soccer has been a part of our family life for a long time now. There were a few years that we had all 3 kids playing soccer which was a bit of a logistical challenge. Our 15-year-old son still plays and has been part of a club team for the last 4 years. This year his team has gone through lots of changes – he has a new soccer coach, more than 50% of the players are new to his team and the team just moved up to a higher division. All reasons to think this will be a year of transition.
Yesterday was the first time I had a chance to watch his “new” team scrimmage and I was in awe of how quickly they had become a team. It still may be a year of transition but these 18 boys who don’t know each other a few weeks ago have come together over the shared passion for the game of soccer. Already I see the influence their coach is having on them. My child is starting to care about what he eats, and exercising on his own and that’s not because of my influence – that’s his coaches influence. Sure winning is fun and of course, I hope his team does well but I also know there are so so many more perks to being part of a team then just whether they win. It can be any sport – being part of a team gives a child a sense of belonging, keeps them busy, active, away from video games, and keeps them healthy. Kids involved in sports often do well in school because they learn to focus and have discipline. So often their coaches become their mentors and role models and in the teen years, any of these reasons are so crucial.
I chose to run for Grassroot Soccer because through the game of soccer they are helping teens in developing countries overcome their greatest health challenges and be agents for change in their communities. They are able to build trust, engage youth in activity-based learning, and create safe spaces where young people feel comfortable asking questions, sharing opinions, and supporting their teammates. Through that shared passion for the game of soccer, these kids are able to come together and be part of a team, have role models and mentors in their coaches, be active, be healthy and be safe. I love that Grassroot Soccer is using the power of sport to make a difference in communities around the world. I think it’s brilliant!
So along with your emotional support as I train and run the marathon please consider helping me meet my fundraising goal as well. 100% of donations will go towards helping to improve the quality of life for of hundreds of kids in communities around the world. Any type of support is greatly appreciated! Click here to donate and/or learn more about Grassroot Soccer – > https://impact.grassrootsoccer.org/fundraiser/1454421
Week 7 means I get to move into “race training mode” for the next 14 weeks!
The first 6 weeks of this heart rate marathon training program was all about building a solid aerobic base – easier runs all staying under a 140 or 130 heart rate. During those first few weeks, I was frustrated with how slow I was running especially as people were constantly passing me on the bike path as I was at times shuffling along. And yes, I am pretty competitive so it was really killing me but I have learned about letting go of my ego at least for now. 🙂
The last few weeks I have found so much joy in my running. I have found my rhythm. I now listen to podcasts instead of music and that has helped me to keep my heart rate where it’s supposed to be instead of moving to the beat of a song. I have learned to hold back so at the end of my runs (even my long runs) I actually feel good -energized, accomplished and happy not fried and exhausted.
They say with heart rate training you are “slowing down to eventually speed up”. I am excited to continue and see where this training takes my running!
As a Nike fan I am always happy to find a sale on Nike!! Nordstrom Rack is having a big Nike Sale so I thought I would share my favorites! 🙂 Woohoo!!