Our 12 Team Catholic Charities runners are gearing up for the big day, the TCS New York City Marathon scheduled for November 1, 2015.
They’ll be racing through all five boroughs. They’ll be running more than 26 miles. And they’ll be surrounded by tens of thousands of fellow runners in what is called the largest marathon in the world.
How do they do it?
During the next five months we’ll share with you their tips and training advice. And we’ll also share why they’re running for Team Catholic Charities.
Today, as our inaugural TCS NYC Marathon 2015 blog post, let’s here from Katrina Maniego.
Why I’m Running the NYC Marathon with Team Catholic Charities
By Katrina Maniego
I have already run two to three half marathons but never a full marathon. I am excited to run my first marathon, take it as a challenge and am following a training plan I purchased online to prepare.
I live in NYC but travel for work to Denver, Co, which makes my training interesting. I am in NYC during the weekends and it is where I generally do my long runs. During the week, I am in Denver.
I like the change of environment because it adds a bit of color to my training.
NYC is noisier and more populated. Here I run along the East River, so I run alongside tall buildings and the view of water. I get motivation from all the interesting New Yorkers I see during my run. Also, there is a constant flow of New Yorkers running. I can run any time of the day or night, any kind of weather and there will be someone running with me.
In Denver, the altitude is higher but the air crisper. The mountains are around you and there are a lot of trees. I run a path alongside a creek. It is quite beautiful. If I wanted to run the path from start to end it spans about 12 miles. It’s taking me a bit more effort to do my interval running because of the altitude. But the group I joined to train with is pacing me to some extent and I am making new friends.
The proceeds of this fundraising is particularly targeted to Catholic Charities St. Nicolas Project. I’ve participated in the St. Nicholas shopping spree (using donations to purchase holiday necessities for persons in need .
I think we always should be thinking of ways to help other people and make them happy. But this is especially true during Christmas when we are constantly reminded of the blessings we have and the sacrifice Christ has made for us. We should be more inclined to offer help and support.
Click here to support Katrina’s TCS NYC Marathon campaign.