**I have a way for you to get a free entry to either the NYCM or Chicago Marathon and help kids nationwide at the end of the post with Team Healthy Kids, don’t miss out!
The New York City Marathon.
I ran this race almost 5 years ago and I still remember the chills that came over me approximately 4 times every mile along the course as we ran through all 5 boroughs of New York City. Between the crowds, the sights, the masses of crowds cheering you on, the bridges, seeing NYC the best way possible (on foot)… there is absolutely nothing like the New York City Marathon. It also helped that the post-race pizza is the absolute best there too;)
This race was my first race back after taking months off due to stress fractures and what a race it was for me to come back to. I was all smiles the whole way (well, except for any hills because we all know hills eat me alive;) It was an experience I will never forget.
Both of these races are sold out this year but you can get a guaranteed spot at the NYCM or Chicago Marathon by running with Action for Healthy Kids!
PS I highly recommend running with your name very visible during races like these ones, it was SO fun to have people cheering me on and using my name as I ran past them!
Two things that are near and dear to my heart are combined with running for Action for Healthy Kids—> running and helping kids to live active and healthy lifestyles. When I first heard about Team Healthy Kids I knew that I wanted to spread the word as much as I can because I feel so passionate about their mission. Their athletes have raised more than $750,000 and have run over 21,000 miles! They are a nationwide grassroots network mobilizing school professionals, parents and communities in support of school-based nutrition and physical activity programs that lead to healthier schools where kids are healthy, active and better prepared to learn!
There are many reasons why I feel so passionate about what Action for Healthy Kids is doing and one of them being educating youth on these topics is pretty near and dear to my heart. I feel like this is kind of my thing (time for a tangent about why I feel like this is my thing):
Over the last few years I have really struggled and gone back and forth on what I want to do work-wise once Brooke goes to school full-time. This decision has been one of those things that has kept me up late at night worrying because I would decide on one direction and feel so much anxiety about it that I couldn’t sleep. A few weeks ago I had an ‘aha’ moment on what I want to do and I have felt so much peace about my decision ever since.
I’m going back to teaching (and working on getting relicensed right now). I taught health and physical education for 3 years before having Brooke and I am so excited to go back when Brooke is in 1st grade (talk about the perfect job for the two of us too…. we will have the exact same hours:). Those years that I taught brought so much fulfillment to my life. I felt like I was really able to make a difference in my student’s lives on topics that I think are so important. I am beyond passionate about teaching kids/teenagers about their health (mental, physical and social health) and helping them to be active. I cared deeply about those kiddos and doing what I could each day to help them out is something I’m very excited to do again. It’s crazy because after I made the decision to go back to teaching again I received an email from one of my old students thanking me for what I taught her six years ago and how much it has helped her… it was complete affirmation to me that it is what I’m supposed to do. PS I’ll keep blogging even when I go back to teaching, you can’t get rid of me that easy.
A picture of my niece wanting to join in with me the other day at the gym… It was a really good time.
Running brings us so much joy and the fact that our miles and fundraising can help out kids all over the country to get the education and support needed to build healthy and active lifestyles—> I feel really good about that.
Besides getting a guaranteed spot with Team Healthy Kids, you’ll get free entry ($185 value for Chicago, $210 value for NYCM),training and nutrition tips and support from Team Healthy Kids’ running coach, a personalized fundraising page and fundraising support, and a technical running shirt.
You can run one of these amazing races and have an impact on kids nationwide!
Feel free to check out this inspiring video about Team Healthy Kids too!!!
And a video of Brooke running because her being active and loving to move her body makes me really happy. Look at those little legs of hers CRUISE!!
You can get a guaranteed spot for these two sold out races by running for this amazing cause! Fundraising minimums apply for each race, and the funds you raise go DIRECTLY to supporting schools in implementing critical nutrition education and physical activity programs that help create healthier schools and combat childhood obesity.
******If you tell them HungryRunnerGirl sent you, you will receive a $25 gift card from Team Healthy Kids******
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.teamhealthykids.org to register for either marathon!!!
Have you run either of these marathons?? What was your experience like?
What is the biggest race that you have done? WHO RAN BOSTON YESTERDAY… how did it go?
Were you active as a kid? Where do you feel you learned most about being active/health from?
Share something that you are PASSIONATE about with me pretty please!!!