Veronica Webb only had 12 weeks to prepare for the New York City Marathon. When she began training, she couldn't run more than 5 miles, but a worthy cause inspired her to go the distance. The model talks about marathon running, her workout program and overcoming obstacles.
Q: What inspired you to train for the New York City Marathon?
A: I got an SOS call from Harlem United that they needed help meeting their fundraising goal. They were putting together a marathon running team and they asked me to be on it. Harlem United is an AIDS service provider. Their medical model is so outstanding and holistic. They offer everything from nutrition and exercise to art therapy and in-home care. They specialize in a population that's mentally ill, drug addicted or homeless--people who fall outside the safety net in terms of HIV/AIDS services.
Q: What was your running training program?
A: I wanted to try marathon running, but something always came up: I had a baby and a C-section or I got injured or I just didn't think I could run that far. I trained using the Jeff Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN method. At the beginning of August, I couldn't run more than 5 miles--that was my wall. I gradually increased my mileage using the Galloway running training program. By the middle of September, I could do 18 miles. Being a busy mom, you have to train when you can, early in the morning or after the kids go to bed.
Q: How was your race day experience?
A: It was a pinch yourself moment. To see the elite athletes, the paraplegic and wheelchair athletes, it gives you a true sense of camaraderie that you're out there with people who have overcome all their challenges to live a life without limits. The love was everywhere. It was inspirational to be surrounded by so many people who were running for a cause.
Q: Besides running, what type of workout program do you follow?
A: I love kettlebells, yoga and Capoeira [a type of Brazilian dance and martial arts].
Q: What's your typical diet like?
A: My eating is pretty consistent. I like Greek yogurt for breakfast. I eat two giant salads a day, a broiled meat or fish, and a dark green vegetable at every meal. I ate a lot more potatoes, brown rice, and lentils while I was training. One weekend a month I indulge in whatever I want. You need cheat days otherwise you can't survive PMS!
To learn more about Harlem United or make a contribution, visit Veronica Webb's donation page.