Jeannette Martimucci: Running to Give Back

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When Jeannette Martimucci, a third grade teacher at P.S. 59 in Manhattan, was looking for an extracurricular program to keep her students engaged and active, she found it in Young Runners.  A passionate runner and marathoner, Martimucci, along with two other teachers, Colleen Maresca and Kathryn McManus, introduced Young Runners to their school in 2012. At first, they weren’t sure how it would be received but were overwhelmed with the response. “We had 30 kids show up for 20 spots,” recalls Martimucci. “The kids love the program.”

She joined Team for Kids to “pay it forward and help keep running in the schools.” She uses her lifelong lessons as a runner, such as the importance of goal setting and never giving up, in her classroom discussions and the kids look forward to hearing how many miles she ran over the weekend in her training for the United NYC Half Marathon. “For me, the beauty of the Young Runners program is seeing these kids at the beginning of the program who can’t run around the block and a few weeks later are running a mile or more,” says Martimucci, who graduated from Teachers College at Columbia in 2009. “Their growth and maturity as runners also translates into the classroom as they become more focused.”

The entire school has embraced the Young Runners team. For their first race of the school year, the principal held a pep rally for them. “Over 100 students cheered for them and held up inspiring posters and banners to support them,” recalls Martimucci. “The kids felt like rock stars.”

Martimucci feels fortunate to be able to combine her two passions, teaching and running, and paying it forward to the next generation. She will be running the United NYC Half Marathon along with Maresca and McManus, and a few parents from the school. Says Martimucci: “It’s such a rush to see their enthusiasm for running. It’s going to change their lives for the better, like it did for me.”

Chickpea-Pesto Tomato Soup

Chickpea-Pesto Tomato Soup
Recipe by Jessica Girdwain
The Runner’s World Cookbook, by Joanna Golub

Classic tomato soup gets a health and taste upgrade with this quick-and-easy recipe, thanks to the addition of chickpeas. Research shows that people who eat just half a cup of fiber-rich chickpeas a day eat less junk food and feel fuller after a meal than people who don’t eat them. Tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, which studies show can protect your skin from ultraviolet rays-important for runners logging miles in the sun.

Makes 4 servings
Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 can (28 ounces) fireroasted crushed tomatoes
• 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more as needed
• 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 1/4 cup basil pesto (use jarred or the recipe for pesto in Portobello and Asparagus Pasta on page 148)

Directions:
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add theonion and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until soft.Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 30 seconds.

Add the tomatoes and broth. Raise the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sugar and pepper.

If you prefer a smooth texture, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Then transfer the soup back to the pot. If you prefer a chunky texture, skip this step.

Add the chickpeas to the pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a dollop of pesto.

Nutrition per serving: 258 calories, 38 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein, 10 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 947 mg sodium


Do you have a recipe and photos you would like to share with Team for Kids runners? If so, email them to teamforkids@nyrr.org for a chance to be featured!

Member Spotlight: Victoria Fortune

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 United Airlines NYC Half!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
From Clinton Hill to Dumbo. I love taking the time to overlook the water after a long run. It makes me appreciate the simple things in life, like the ability to get up and run, breathe, see, and love.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
When I run in the morning, I listen to Gospel music. I typically get up around 5:45-6AM. At that time, most people are still in their beds. During this time, I bond with God and nature. I sometimes get emotional during my runs, thanking God for all of the blessings he’s granted me during this journey we call life.

When I run in the evening, I listen to up-tempo music like Kanye (Stronger, All of the Tights, College Drop-out) and a little Red Hot Chili Peppers (Otherside, Snow, Dani California).

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post run meal is sautéed kale, pan seared salmon topped with sautéed red peppers, green peppers, onions, and garlic, paired with a baked sweet potato.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began at age 10 when I joined the community softball team. I played shortstop because the coach was so impressed with my speed. I took my running skills to high school where I joined the track and field team. I then went to college four years later, however didn’t join any sports team, but still managed to stay active. Running is therapeutic for me. It puts me at ease.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Nope

Why did you choose to run this event?
I chose to run this event, to show the kids in my community the power of hard work, faith, and persistence. It’s up to us to lead our children. If they see it, they’ll believe it. If they see me up in the morning around the same time leaving my house to train, maybe they too will begin to take more pride in their physical fitness.

Tell us a little more about yourself
Though my parents often reminded me of my potential and worth, it wasn’t until I saw Dominique Dawes win the Olympic Gold medal in 1996 that things began to click. I never actively pursued gymnastics, but Dawes’ image as an African American Olympian from my hometown spoke volumes to me. Dawes represented a level of confidence and courage that overtime I grew to understand. Today, I can confidently say that my life would not be the same had I not learned to trust and believe in myself.

I am 24 years old living in NYC and still find time to run at least three times a week. I don’t just do this for my own personal fitness, but because I live in a neighborhood where I am constantly around young children and teens. As a result, I feel that it is my obligation to be a good role model. On my morning jogs, I pass by the same group of kids, and each time that I do, I assure that I smile and make eye contact. Though this is a very small gesture, it’s my way of communicating with them the value of persistence and taking care of their bodies.

Running the United Airlines NYC Half with Team for Kids means more than just meeting the finish line. With each mile I complete, it is my hope that at least one kid I pass by becomes inspired to join a Team for Kids program and take charge of their fitness. While I am not an Olympian like Dominique Dawes, I realize that as an African American woman, it’s important that I step up and show our children the power of believing.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Knowing I am making a difference with each mile I complete. The image of me being an African American woman and running for the physical fitness benefits of other African American children living in underprivileged neighborhoods warms my heart.

Member Spotlight: Joseph Aubourg

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love to run in Central Parks in NYC. The park is very challenging to runners because you have both flat ground and hills throughout the park. However, I truly enjoy running in the park, especially during races.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My favorites artists to listen too when running are Aloe Blac, Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars, Hoobastank, New Found Glory, Trapt, Hinder, Plain White T’s, Johnny Hates Jazz, Rick Astley, Richard Marx, Go West, Bon Jovi, Berlin, Babyface, Genesis, The Police,The System, Phil Collins, Chicago, Robin Thick, and Pharell.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Mine favorite post run meal would have to be sweet plantain, avocado, greek salad, and any type of broiled meat along with a glass of water with lemon.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running 3 years ago to lose 45 pounds. I was depressed and overweight. Even though I have the love and support of my friends and family, I wanted more challenges in my life and running was able to bring that to me.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Yes, I do have a pre-race ritual – before a race I like to lay out my running clothes and my bib. I then pack up my change of clothes, set my alarm 2 hours early before the race and listen to Reggae and Reggaton to get amped up.

Why did you choose to run this event?
The reasons I’m running the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half are that I want to show people that if you have goals in life you can achieve them. I set to complete my 9+1 for NYRR and I completed it and I wanted to run the United Airlines NYC Half and I’m running it. I have asthma and I’m a little chubby, but I ‘ve been told I can’t do a lot of things in my life. With the support of my Family (Dad-Joseph, Mom-Maryese, sister-Vivianne Marie Jouvelle and friends Walter, Omar, Brendan, Micheal Jabbs Kyle Yasnery Christine Jen and Keri) I’m overcoming obstacles in my life and am extremely happy to run the United Airlines NYC Half.

Tell us a little more about yourself
My name is Joseph Aubourg, I’m 32 years old and I’m Haitian American. I live in Roselle now, though, I was born in NYC. I work in and know the city like the back of my hand.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I love what Team for Kids does to help young people get active and healthy and inspire them to stay that way.

#ReasonsToRun

Giving and Getting some TFK Love

“While running the Fred Lebow Half Marathon Sunday, seeing TFK alum Bruce, Ravi, Jenny and others standing in the cold all morning near our TFK spot on West Drive cheering all the TFK runners that passed by with hearty high fives and motivating cheers. Their TFK love melted my heart on a cold morning.” – Coach Gail


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun and tagging Team for Kids in your post on Facebook and @TeamforKids on Instagram or Twitter. You can also email us a photo and your reason to run at teamforkids@nyrr.org with #ReasonsToRun in the subject line for a chance to be featured.

Foam Rolling 101

“If you’re like most people, you have a love/hate relationship with the foam roller. You know it’s good for you, and you love how it feels-oh-so-good when it’s done … and yet, good grief is it a painful process getting there!” Learn more about foam rolling from Alison McGinnis of Finish Line Physical Therapy via the link below:

http://finishlinept.com/news/foam-rolling-101-the-why-how-to-do-it/

Foam rolling techniques and stretching videos from Finish Line PT can be found here and are displayed below:

#ReasonsToRun

As I head into practice, I wonder if anyone is going to show up on a snowy, sleety, wet and cold morning for week three of our Team for Kids (TFK) United Airlines NYC Half workout, but to my surprise I find 12 brave souls waiting to run 6 miles in Central Park. For one member, Lauren Goodwin, it was her first workout with TFK. “I never would have gotten out of bed this morning and run 6 miles without the team support of TFK,” said Goodwin. Another new member, Anna, ran her first ever loop of Central Park and was thrilled with her accomplishment, even saving some gas in the tank for a sprint at the end. So this morning we had 12 reasons to run – our brave, fun and inspiring TFK members!

After the workout TFK runners were treated to a Half Marathon Basics Clinic given by Jack Rabbit manager Troy Squires at the UWS store. Troy gave an overview of everything from gear, shoes, and sports nutrition fuels such as GU Energy Gel and even a demonstration of how to use a foam roller. Anyone who missed the clinic is welcome to visit Troy at the 72nd street store for a sneaker fitting and review. Mention TFK and get double points.


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun and tagging Team for Kids in your post on Facebook and @TeamforKids on Instagram or Twitter. You can also email us a photo and your reason to run at teamforkids@nyrr.org with #ReasonsToRun in the subject line for a chance to be featured.