Subway spokesman Jared Fogle challenged the speed skater to run the 26.2 mile race after Fogle completed the event last year.
Running on behalf of Subway and the Special Olympics, Ohno is excited about taking a break from short track speed skating to run in the marathon. If Ohno finishes in under four hours Subway has agreed to donate $26,200 to the Special Olympics. Subway’s generosity along with the excitement of the expected crowds is helping Ohno stay motivated for the event.
The Healthy Moms Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Ohno about his training and preparations for the race on Thursday.
What have you learned about diet while training for the race? I am playing with different fats and carbohydrates along with proteins in searching for the right type of foods.
What is your favorite Subway sandwich? Twelve inch double meat turkey on honey oat with all the veggies and sometimes avacado.
What are your favorite post run foods? I usually drink coconut water or low fat chocolate milk after a long run or eat a Subway sandwich.
How have you found training for a marathon different from short track speed skating? I have learned to slow down. It is a long race. The first 10 miles are like a 40m sprint.
How has your body changed from training for the marathon? I can buy regular jeans now, before I had to have all custom fit. I had a 27-inch waist, but my legs were huge. Now this has enabled me to balance my body out.
What music do you listen to while running? House music. My favorite is Cascade. It is rhythmic and gets me in the mood to run.
You travel a lot so how do you manage to fit your training in your busy schedule? My trainer, Todd Rushworth designed a program suited to my needs. He is able to distinguish travel and miles based on outside experience. I don’t like the treadmill. I prefer running by the water.
How do you get kids excited about working out? Running can be fun. Parents need to lead by example.
Do you have any advice for anyone training for a marathon for the first time? Plan ahead and stay consistent. Make sure you have the right trainer and don’t miss the big runs. Be consistent.
After the marathon what is next for Apolo Ohno? I am doing some TV and film in Hollywood, the Olympics, a trip to Asia and projects with Subway and other sponsors.
The marathon takes place in New York City on Sunday November 6, 2011. Please visit nycmarathon.org for event details.
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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
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