Roughly 200 runners gathered at Fredenhagen Park and then hit the pavement together in preparation for the upcoming Chicago Marathon and Edward Hospital Naperville Half and Full Marathons.
“The training is what I dreaded the most but is actually what I enjoyed the most after I got done with it last year so I looked forward to it again this year,” said Sharie Bahnke of Bolingbrook.
“This is my first marathon. I had never done it before so I figured if I run with a group, I might learn something and learn how to do it,” said Naperville resident Srirajasekahar Koritala.
And that’s exactly why Naperville Running Company hosted the training session and will hold additional runs every Saturday at 6:30am, as part of a 17 week programing, leading up to Marathon day, November 10th.
“That whole process gets you ready, mentally, physically and even emotionally, said Naperville Running Company’s Marathon Coordinator Monica Prestifilipo. “And by doing a training program we’re able to educate you and all of the runners on how to be strong and how to stay injury free.”
The local running supply shop partnered with Nike about five years ago to create the marathon training program for those running the Chicago Marathon. This year the training has grown to include those preparing for Naperville’s own 26.2 and 13.1 mile runs.
Prestifilipo says training with a group can be more effective than training on your own and often pushes people to their full potential.
“A lot of times you think you’re going to have to do a ten mile run and you can’t get through that run on your own,” said Prestifilipo. “You turn around early. And with a big group of people, they’re like ‘No, you can do it!’ It’s just an amazing group of motivation, education, and friendships.”
For those running the Naperville Marathon, you can see how their training pays off on race day, right here on Channel 17. NCTV’s LIVE coverage of the event begins at 6:30am, Sunday November 10th.
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