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Tips & Tricks for Running the NYC Marathon

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Alex Serrao’s Inside Lane

Welcome to today’s update from Team Catholic Charities NY, our ten runners – one for each decade of our 2017centennial celebration - running the 26-mile TCS New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the greatest city ever!  Each teammate has their own reasons for running.  Each finds their own balance between fun, fitness and, most important, raising funds for those we serve at Catholic Charities.

Let’s learn what’s powering Alex Serrao’s run now.

Alex Serrano - Team Catholic Charities NY 2017
Alex Serrao - Team Catholic Charities NY 2017

By Alex Serrao

I was born and raised in Syracuse and one of my favorite memories from running cross country there in high school was how muddy some of the courses could be. My teammates and I knew we wouldn't do well time-wise in these races and would have a contest to see who could get the muddiest during the race.

Running here in New York City where I’ve lived now for almost 11 years is a lot different.  Instead of slogging through mud, I run along East River walkway, green grass on one side of me, brownish-blue water on the other, and high rises, factories and highways all around.

A few months ago I ran my first 5k since high school with a young adult group in the archdiocese and rediscovered my love of running and racing. It was then that I resolved to run a marathon before I was 30.

I've wanted to run the NYC marathon since I moved down here, and this is my last chance to run it before I'm 30, so here we are! 

To prepare, I'm using Hanson's Marathon Method, a training program recommended to me by someone in my parish.

I'm running with Team Catholic Charities NY because of the work they do for the Kingdom of God. They see the dignity and value of every person they help, and shine the love of Christ to the world.

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