Why on Earth would anyone run 26.2 miles, you may ask yourself?
Growing up, I was always active. I started playing soccer at 5 years old, attended running camp, and even had my fair shot at basketball, which wasn't a very good shot at all. In high school, I fell in love with track & field and the community it created for myself and my peers. However, I was no where near a long distance runner. Sprinting, jumping, and javelin called to my sporadic energy. I had never run more than 5 miles in my entire life....I think.
Running has always stayed with me throughout my life. As I got older and moved to NYC, it became a meditative outlet amidst the chaos of a fast-paced life. It's a place where I can be alone, where I can let go or let out the stress of the day, and it helps me to stay connected to my body and what it needs. I never thought for a second that I would ever call 5 miles my "day off" or "easy" run. That's the great thing about life - you can literally do anything you set your mind to. Training these past few months and steadily increasing my mileage has really made me see the beauty in this and has made me amazed by the human body in general.
Why Wellness In The Schools is important to me:
WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR BODIES is a HUGE contributor to how we FEEL. Just read "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength" - it explains all about our glucose levels and how they affect our moods and actions - basically our life.
Growing up, I didn't have a fortunate program like WITS to provide healthier school lunches and although I ate healthy dinners at home, my parents did not have the means financially or the time to make a healthy school lunch for two kids every night. Strawberry pop-tarts, oatmeal creme pies, hostess cupcakes, and "cosmic" brownies (no, not those kind of brownies) were things I absolutely ate every day at school.
With a strong Portuguese background, food has always been important to me and my family, but money was not always in reach. Many families in NY experience the same burden. As I grew older and more informed, I became more conscious of what I was putting into my body and began to create healthy habits for myself. I think it's extremely important that children get this kind of education early on and are provided with nutritious meals in school, especially if they don't have the means to at home.
Although I enjoy running, I would have never signed up for a whole marathon if it were not for WITS. I really believe in their mission and I hope you will too.
If you are able and would like to donate to my marathon fundraiser, please click on the link below. Both Wellness In The Schools & I really appreciate your contribution, whether that be a donation or spreading the word.
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