Run to Fight Hunger

Run in Waikiki

Post 10 mile dip in the ocean at Waikiki.

One of my favorite things about being in Hawaii is the beautiful scenery. As soon as we landed, I just wanted to take it all in and savor it. I mean, it’s just a little bit different here compared to Brooklyn…

It also made me want to run. You see, I had been quietly training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly half marathon on September 15. I have been building my mileage slowly and running at a nice low heart rate. I was on track.

Then I got to Hawaii and may have gotten a little too excited about running and ran a little too much. Guess what happens when you combine an increase in milelage with wearing flip flops around town much of the day? Plantar Fasciitis.

The last time that I had plantar fasciitis was about 6 years ago and it was probably the worst injury I’ve every experience (except for knee surgery) and pretty much was what made me stop running for a while. I’m icing, massaging, stretching, rolling out my calves and not running – everything I can think of in hopes that this will not last too long.

So my plans have changed a little. I won’t have a heart rate training update for a while now. And, instead of a half marathon, I’m planning on running the Run10Feed10 10K on September 22 in New York City.

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When Women’s Health Magazine contacted me to share information about the race and ask if I would help to promote the race, I said yes. I had been thinking about registering for this 10K (figuring that it would be a fun post-half marathon race) because it’s for a great cause – to support the fight against domestic hunger.

Right now, 1 in 5 American children are wondering when and where they will get their next meal. Hunger affects more than just children’s tummies. It impacts their ability to learn and do well in school and to stay healthy, preventing kids from reaching their full potential.

This is the second year that Women’s Health Magazine and the Feed Foundation are hosting a race and wellness series that helps fight domestic hunger. It’s actually a really cool concept – register to run a 10K and feed 10 people in your community. They are hoping to raise over a million meals this year.

The series kicks off in New York City on September 22 with a 10K along the west side of Manhattan.

  • There’s a post-race wellness festival which will include yoga sessions, nutrition and beauty consultations.
  • Special guests include Olympic soccer star Alex Morgan and Food Network chef Ellie Krieger.
  • Singer and Glee actress Naya Rivera will perform her new single live in a special concert for runners.
  • Women’s Health is also encouraging all participants to raise $100 to help the fight against hunger.

There will also be 10K races in Chicago and San Francisco and Women’s Health Fun Runs in Boston, Los Angeles Miami and Seattle. If you can’t make it to one of the races, you can also sign up for a virtual 10K.

Register for the race:  http://www.run10feed10.com/home/
Get $5 off your race registration with the code: R10F10USA

Together we can make a difference. All we have to do is run.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and I will be paying for my own race registration. 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Aww, bummer about the half marathon but the exact same thing happened to me (an injury) and well there are worse things that could happen! This race looks great and I guess it means you are coming back to the mainland?? ;) I have enjoyed all your pics in one of my favorite places on earth! Hope your foot feels better!
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  2. Bron says

    I hope you are feeling better soon and that this does not stop you from getting a surf in! I want pics!! Looks lovely!
    Bron x

  3. says

    That PF is a real training ender! I ended up with that about 6 years ago myself and I ended up having to get a cortisone shot. Luckily that did the trick and I haven’t had any recurrence. I’m sorry your plans were derailed but looks like it happened for a reason. This is a great run with a cause and you have a platform to market it. Good for you!!
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  4. says

    Sorry to hear about your PF flare-up, but I’m glad you’re doing this awesome race to support an important cause! Feel better soon! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip to Hawaii! What did you think of Honolulu and Waikiki? We stayed there two nights, and we were so glad to escape the city and traffic when we could get into our condo at Ko Olina!
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    • says

      Thanks Nicole! I’m planning to post Hawaii posts next week and the week after. I feel like there is so much I want to share! Plus it gives me a chance to relive it :-)

      We rented a condo in Ko Olina too which was great for the kids and convenient for us (not far from surfing). We didn’t spend much time in Honolulu and Waikiki – maybe 2 days total. It kind of reminded me of a cross between Miami’s South Beach and Times Square. I’m glad that we spent time in other parts of the island.
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    • says

      Me too! I was excited to see the special guests and not going to lie that it was definitely a reason I wanted to do the race too. And love the weather although it’s a bit of a shock to the system when we arrived home this afternoon from Hawaii. I was wearing two layers and a scarf!
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  5. says

    What a beautiful place! Hawaii looks amazing. And what a great cause to run for! I’ll have to check into the Boston one since that is closer. Good luck healing the plantar fasciitis. I totally agree with you: worst running injury.
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  6. says

    Oh man, what a bummer about your injury! I’m glad you got to rest up in a beautiful location, though. I love the FEED cause. I hope you are going to just race for the good cause, and not push yourself too much until you’re fully healed, though!
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  7. says

    Ack! Bummer on PF. I hope it goes away soon. Are you icing and rolling your feet? You can freeze a water bottle to ice and roll at the same time. I think the Run10Feed10 is a great event. The main charity race I support is the Lawyers Have Heart for the American Heart Association. Most other races I do support a charity, but that’s the one I do separate fundraising for.
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  8. kate C. says

    Just discovered your blog – looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better. I feel you on the injury thing. I actually should be in bed right now but can’t sleep due to knee pain from a re-occurring injury and from feeling frustrated and miserable that I can’t run again. Get better soon!

    • kate C. says

      Oh, and I commented before I read the question – I haven’t raised money for charity to run a race, but I’ve run several races that give their profits to charity.

  9. says

    10ks are my favorite races and my most favorite is to run for a cause! How awesome. I have once coming up that’s a 5 miler on a gorgeous barrier island here. It’s for our running club and they give away all of the funds to various causes, scholarships and community organizations throughout the year. I’m running with the ShelterBox team (green cape and all) and can’t wait! Hope your PF doesn’t slow you down on race day.
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