If you want to reach peak fitness for a goal race, you need to individualize your training. But what do you do when there are bumps in the road?
Sabrina Grotewold is the Active Kids editor, former running editor for active.com, and the creator and author of the Active Cookbook.
She enjoyed racing around the track as a child, but didn't start running until after college to combat her sedentary life as an editor. Progressing gradually from three miles to 10 and up, she didn't run her first road race until 2007, when she moved to New York City and learned that a nonprofit organization called New York Road Runners (NYRR) put on races in Central Park nearly every weekend. Her first four-mile race fell on a frosty December morning. As she wheezed her way across the finish line, she knew she could do better.
Now, she tries to run nearly every day, and has completed three marathons, 14 half marathons and several 10Ks and 5Ks. She enjoys strength and core training, but wishes she had more time for cross-training.
New York City remains a special place for Sabrina. It's where she worked for consumer magazines (Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Smart Money), logged countless miles in Central Park, Inwood Hill Park, and on the city's bike paths, and followed her love of running to NYRR, where she worked for three years as an editor. She also met her husband at NYRR. The two relocated to San Diego shortly after getting married on the beach in Carlsbad, California. Sabrina has also worked as an editor for runningtimes.com and Competitor magazine.
The New York City Marathon is her favorite race, although she has yet to run Boston (despite qualifying for it three times). For Sabrina, running is so much more than pounding out miles to prepare for races. While running, she discovers how she feels about things, comes up with story ideas, and learns more about herself.
Off the roads, Sabrina adores cooking and creating her own healthy recipes. She loves spending time with her family, and enjoys taking her son for long walks in his stroller.