TFK Testimonial: Meghan

“Running the TCS New York City Marathon was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Team for Kids made this experience even better! I loved having the support of the coaches out on the course helping me through those tough times.” – Meghan

Feeling inspired to run the TCS New York City Marathon with NYRR Team for Kids? Sign up today at runwithtfk.org!

As a reminder, general entry to the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K has sold out, but you can still get a spot when you register to run with New York Road Runners Team for Kids! Sign up today at runwithtfk.org!

Member Spotlight: Colleen Crowe

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half with Team for Kids!

What excites you most about running this event?
I’ve done the Airbnb Brooklyn half a couple times now and love the course- who doesn’t love finishing on the boardwalk?!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I’m in Upper Astoria, so it’s a perfect trek to cross the Triboro Bridge and run a loop or two of Randall’s Island. If I’m feeling extra adventurous, there is a pedestrian bridge off of Randall’s Island that also links the East River greenway down to the Queensboro Bridge. It’s the perfect loop for training for longer distances.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I find music to be distracting at this point in my running career, and I like to take in and enjoy my surroundings. I also like to stay as aware as possible on a run – I’m usually training with my youngest in the jogging stroller, so I need to stay “available”- multitasking at its best!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Definitely a beer and a fat cheeseburger!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started when my oldest child was one (he’s 6 now). We went to Boston to watch my brother cross the finish line. The energy level just in the crowd was overwhelmingly inspiring, I had to get a taste of it from the other side, as a runner. Running helped me shed any unwanted baby weight and also provides me with a little “me” time.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t like showing up too early. Just enough time to hit up the porta potties before lining up! Essentials!

Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
I had the pleasure of running with TFK in the TCS New York City Marathon in 2014. It was my first marathon and I cannot even begin to describe the jitters. Everyone in the organization was amazing, supportive, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful from the fundraising to the finish line. It made for a very awesome race experience.

This year’s Airbnb Brooklyn Half will be my second time running with Team For Kids and I don’t expect it to be any less exciting than the last – the organization is stellar! I’m working on getting Mighty Milers into my son’s school.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a mother of three in Astoria, Queens. I’m originally from Jekyll Island, Georgia, but NYC has been my home since 2005. When I’m not fielding grilled cheese sandwiches and apple slices, I try and get in my runs and work on my small side business of making dinosaur plush toys!

Connect with Colleen via the sites below:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/colleen.marchand
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Colleenm23

Spring NYRR Youth Jamboree Presented by TCS

Thank you New York Road Runners (NYRR) Team for Kids runners for raising critical funds to support over 200,000 students across the nation with free NYRR youth running programs, events and resources! Thousands of these students were in action last weekend! Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island, was packed with more than 2,000 students ages 4-18 who came out to participate in a variety of track and field events, including relays, shot put, and long jump. The stadium was buzzing with excitement all day long! View photos within our Facebook album and the full recap linked here!

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TFK Testimonial: Daniel

General entry to the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K has sold out, but you can still get a spot when you register to run with New York Road Runners Team for Kids! Sign up today at runwithtfk.org!

“Looking at the Thank You note on my desk from the NYRR Young Runner student reminds me that the experience was all worth it! The note I received said, ‘Because of you, our school has Young Runners!'” – Daniel

Feeling inspired to run with NYRR Team for Kids? Sign up today at https://www.runwithtfk.org/Events

Member Spotlight: Daniel Marrett

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I ran this race last year as my first half-marathon, and it was an amazing experience. To do it again, this time earning my bib through fundraising, is just extra inspiration to push myself. I’ll feel even better crossing the finish line knowing that money has been raised to help kids, and will feel a connection with everyone wearing the TFK shirts along the way.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
By the East River and Hudson River. It’s always changing in terms of scenery, and has really good steps to break it up. I can compact a long run into sections easily (Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan Bridge, to Basketball City, to Williamsburg Bridge). It just makes it easier to digest, and there’s something really calming about running by the water. Bonus points if you’re running at sundown or sunset.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
When I first started running I listened to music. Pretty much anything that was on my Spotify playlists. Then a friend of mine told me that he never runs listening to music. The thought of it sounded boring at first, but when I gave it a shot it was so much more relaxing. I came back from my run stress-free. Everything that I normally process during a run – work or personal – was out of my head. I focused more on my breathing, on my pace, and enjoyed the sights of the run more than I had in the past. I haven’t listened to music while running since.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Anything delicious. But that also applies for every other meal.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I used to run track back in high school. But then didn’t run for a while. Some coworkers were going to sign up for the BK Half last year and I jumped on the bandwagon. When I started training for it I really fell in love. Ran 3 more half-marathons last year, finishing the year with 12 organized races and hundreds of miles under my belt. I’ve always done subjective sports, like soccer, snowboarding, skiing, etc. I can feel like I had a good day/match, but running has tapped into my competitive spirit with really measurable outcomes. Time and position. I love it. Makes me want to push myself a lot.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
No rituals or superstitions. Just want to get there early and do some stretching. If possible have a good plate of pasta the night before.

Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
It was so much fun last year – wouldn’t want to miss it! But what I did miss was the regular sign-up window, so although somewhat by obligation to get a bib, I signed up with TFK. Raised over four hundred dollars and honestly feel better about doing that for charity and will continue to do that for some more races over the course of the year.

Tell us a little more about yourself
Work in marketing, love sports, food, photography, nature, exploring, etc.

Connect with Daniel via the links below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.marrett
Instagram: https://instagram.com/danielmtl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielmtl
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dmarrett

Tip of the Week: Motivation

Motivation and Mental Aspects of Running for Training and Race Day
The mind is a powerful thing. I am sure you now know that running is as much mental as it is physical, if not more so. Training your mind to stay strong can mean the difference between having a great run and a not so great run. Everyone can attest to that – being in the best shape of your life, yet having a disastrous race, all because you let the word “I can’t” get into your head.

The last few weeks of training are VERY critical so it’s important to stay motivated and focused with your training. Here are a few tips to keep those legs moving when your mind wants them to stop.

1. Remember why you chose to sign up with TFK. Whatever the reason, it is a good one!

2. Reward yourself. Training isn’t easy and should be rewarded for all of your hard work. When you’ve reached one of your goals, reward yourself with a new pair of shorts, a massage or whatever else is a treat for you.

3. Use imagery and visualization. Imagine yourself floating up a hill or effortlessly gliding over the pavement with perfect form. Visualize yourself crossing the finish line, hands in the air and wearing a big smile. The more you imagine yourself doing these things, the more your body follows suit.

4. Have a Mantra. Mantras are short, positive phrases that you can repeat during your run. Here are a few examples; “Slow and Steady” at the beginning of a race; “Short and Quick” when going up a hill; “I can do this, I get to do this” when I feel like my mind is getting weak. Others include: “I am strong”, “One foot in front of the other”, “Mind over matter” and many others.

5. Focus on your body. You want to make sure your body is in check. Is your breathing in control? Are you hydrating and taking in nutrition? Focus on your strides – keeping a quick turnover, shortening them up when on the hills. Focus on your arms – are they relaxed? Switch your focus to your arms when your legs are feeling a little tired. If your arms keep moving, your legs will go with them, promise.

6. Focus on the surroundings. Take it all in; what’s around you? The cheering crowd, funny signs, ridiculous costumes, the runners around you, etc.

7. Play games. Go ahead and distract yourself a bit. Day dream of being in your favorite place. Count the number of white hats or red shorts you see. While distracting yourself is OK for a bit, don’t let yourself get too distracted. Make sure to check back in with your body every once in a while.

8. Break up your long run or race in segments. Oftentimes thinking about a long run in segments is less stressful or overwhelming than thinking about the whole time or distance. Don’t think of the run as it’s total mileage. Break it up into more manageable segments- if we’re doing a 2 hour run, break it into 4 x 30 minute easy runs. Pick a landmark, mile maker or water stop in the distance and focus on getting to that point.

9. What if I have a bad run?
If you have a “bad” run, don’t stress about it. It happens to everyone. One bad run is not an indication that everything is going wrong.

a)  Find something positive that came from your workout. It can even be “at least I got out there”. It may be that you kept a steady pace, practiced good nutrition/hydration or found a pair of shorts that are great for running.  There is always one!

b)  Figure out what went wrong. Were you properly rested or out late the night before? Are you stressed at work? Did you follow a hydration/nutrition plan? Figuring out what went wrong helps you make adjustments so that the next time you can have a better run.

c)  Talk to others and your coaches. We’ve all had our fair share of bad runs. Sometimes they are just flukes, sometimes they happen because we have one too many glasses of wine the night before.