Did you notice that the NY ING Marathon was SUNDAY? Yep, for thousands and thousands and thousands of people, a year of training ended in just a few short hours.
(although, I’m not sure how short hours seem when you’re running 26.2 miles. . . I still can’t believe there are people who just get up and RUN 26.2 miles!)
It was exciting to follow this year’s Marathon since I know (ha — KNOW) two of the runners: Jared Fogle (of Subway) and Meb Keflizighi, the winner of the 2009 Marathon.
Sadly, Meb Keflizighi, whom I met and with whom I ran around New York in September, did not see another 1st place finish. Gebre Gebrmariam, of Ethiopia, finished first this year with a time of two hours, eight minutes, and fourteen seconds.
But, Meb did NOT run a shabby Marathon — his official time is 2:11:38. Just a little under three minutes slower than Gebrmariam.
SERIOUSLY! Can you believe these guys can run 26.2 miles in just over two hours? I am still flabbergasted every time I think about it.
What about Subway’s Jared?
He did VERY well for a man who admitted to me that he was NOT a runner; he didn’t start training for the 2010 Marathon until the beginning of this year. Jared’s official NYC ING Marathon time was 5:13:28.
I honestly doubt that running a marathon will ever by in my future, but I did set a goal to run a 5K.
Am I a natural runner? No, like Jared, my body does not have a natural rhythm and ability to run. So, why running? As I have said before, running requires activity. Breathing. Stretching. Focused movement. It requires one to use every single muscle — there is nothing passive about running.
If I want to push myself — to train my body to breathe and move effectively — I feel running is the way to do it at this point in my life.
It’s my “Commit to Fit[ness]” goal.
Investing in Fitness
Aside from a pair of running shoes (a pair of Asics for which I spent a whopping $26 dollars — yay for sales!), I haven’t spent any money toward my 5K goal. I’ve been using all of my old workout and running clothing, my treadmill, and (when running outside) my normal double stroller.
Scratch that — I’ve TRIED to use my double stroller, but it has been very apparent that a normal stroller just can’t hold up to the wear and tear of running on pavement.
It’s time to buy a good jogging stroller.
My husband and I have talked for years about buying one, but I’ve been the one to hold off on the purchase; like with most households, money doesn’t grow on trees around here. Spending money on a jogging stroller — something that has not been a necessity — couldn’t be my priority.
But, with my new 5K goal, priorities have changed slightly. Since my money situation hasn’t, I’m so excited that Subway is helping a Mama out!
Giveaway: Money for your Fitness Goal
To help out those of us committed to becoming healthier, fitter versions of ourselves, Subway is giving – GIVING — (up to) $100 to be used toward a fitness goal.
I am using that money toward the purchase of a double jogging stroller.
What about you? Is there a class you’ve been wanting to take — Zumba or Yoga? Do you need new running shoes for your Commit to Fit goal? Have you thought about hiring a personal trainer or joining a gym?
Subway will give one reader up to $100 to be applied to his or her fitness goal.
Yes, up to $100 dollars.
But, this isn’t free money, people — Subway is serious about their Commit to Fit program. The funds must be used toward fitness/exercise classes, supplies, attire, race fees, or fitness gear; the person who wins this giveaway will need to submit a receipt as “proof of purchase” and Subway will reimburse the winner (up to $100).
For someone who is truly dedicated to becoming healthier, this is a fantastic opportunity to invest in his or her health and spend money that wouldn’t normally be spent.
(NO purchase is necessary to enter)
Leave a comment, answering the following question:
If you won this giveaway, what would you invest in to better your health?
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- Tweet the following message:
I entered to win $100 f/ @subwayfreshbuzz for my fitness goal. Are you serious about living a healthy life? http://bit.ly/aRo6mV #commit2fit
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Open to US Residents only. Giveaway will end at noon, Monday, November 15th. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to confirm his/her win.
Disclosure: Subway is also providing me $100 toward my Commit to Fit Goal, which, like the winner of this giveaway, I must validate with a receipt. For the full story of my fitness goals, see my post about when I attended the Commit to Fit launch event in NYC.