Ahh, 2014! With the new year now about a week in, we thought it’d be fun to make this week’s edition of “From The Lips Of A Local” all about not only creating a resolution, but sticking to it! We’re delighted to be talking to our very own contributor, Orlando Manuel, who resolved last year to conquer a pretty incredible feat: run a marathon, WHILE fundraising money for an excellent cause.
What was your motivation for signing up for the marathon?
My motivation for signing up for the marathon was San Francisco itself. My motivation for joining Team in Training was the passing of my mother due to leukemia when I was a teen. When I saw San Fran on the list my eyes lit up. I had heard stories about how the city of San Francisco is the only city that resembles NYC and yet manages to keep its own identity. I had to check it out for myself, and guess what? The rumors were true — what a fantastic place! I felt at home.
Leading up to the race, how did your diet and workout routine change? And honestly: how time consuming was the training?
We often hear about marathoners hitting the “wall”. Did you experience this at all, and if so, what mile was it? How did you push through?
What were the top 3 motivating songs on your running playlist?
Any tips for novice runners that are considering running their first race/marathon this year?
Kudos, Orlando, for accomplishing your goal and giving to an incredibly important cause on top of it! We hope that his goal setting/achieving will inspire YOU to get busy with making your resolution happen this year, too!
We’d love to know…what’s your 2014 resolution, and the first step you’re taking to make it happen? Share below!
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen