How to Run a Marathon
Never in my two years of working as her fitness coach would I have expected it. But when I heard that Natalie had signed up for the Los Angeles Marathon, I was surprised and impressed. I knew she hated running (from all our hours together doing sprints), but her resolve, discipline and spunk went much, much deeper than I imagined. Here’s her story.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I work in theater, currently improv. So my entertainment needs are met, HA! Because of some inevitable life situations, I’ve tried to constantly challenge myself physically with such things as yoga, rock climbing, salsa/swing dancing, boot camp, and of course Sam Page Fitness workouts. Well this year, it was all about marathon running.
Some people think marathoners are nuts. Why did you decide to do it?
I was doing the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society with a friend and she asked if I’d train with her for the AIDS Marathon (L.A. Marathon). I innocently and casually said “sure.” AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) claims to train coach potatoes (like me!) for marathons. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
About 8 hours. My goal was just to finish since it was my first marathon. I kept on my own personal pace (a 17-minute mile – I did just a little beyond that). Next time it will be a time goal.
Wait…did you just say what I think you said?
I know —I can’t believe I just said NEXT TIME.
How long did you have to train?
APLA trained us for 6 months, once with a group Saturday run in Griffith Park and we had to run twice on our own. Maintenance runs were only about half an hour, but the group runs kept getting longer and longer —and harder and harder!