We are in the final weeks before the the TCS New York City Marathon. Last week we highlighted Rob Milam. Today we caught up with Phil Leonard, who will be running 26.2 miles for Row New York along with raising $2,500 for us on Crowdrise. Pretty awesome, Phil!
Why are you running for Row New York?
I was only able to coach for Row New York briefly; my work life had to take precedence. Crew, however, has been a big part of my life for the past decade. Rowing in college was truly a life changing experience. I found it only appropriate to give back to the sport that has given me so much.
Is this your first marathon? How did you prepare?
This is my first marathon. I have run 10 milers and half marathons, including the NYC Half in 2014 but never 26.2. It has been a goal of mine to run the marathon for several years so I am excited that the day is almost here.
I prepared for the marathon via a 6-month training program recommended to me by a friend.
Your favorite post race meal?
My favorite post race meal would either be a bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries or some type of pizza. Not the healthiest but I just ran a marathon, cut me some slack.
What is your inspiration to keep you going through the hard days of training?
I draw inspiration from a number of places. First and foremost, I want to finish for all the people who have supported me either through donations and/or kept me motivated and encouraged in the months leading up to November 6th. I have asked everyone who donated money to pick a mile and I plan on running that mile for them as a thank you.
Additionally, inspiration comes from the fact that my mom ran the NYC Marathon when she was my age. I won’t beat her time, but I am inspired to keep the marathon tradition going. Finally, I want to finish for myself. Running the NYC Marathon has been a goal of mine for many years. As the race draws near, I am excited at the prospect of achieving that goal.
As far as quotes for tough training days go, I have two. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I also like “Don’t try to quit. You’re already in pain, you’re already hurt! Get a reward from it.”
True words of wisdom, Phil! We are wishing you the best of luck on November 6 and thank you for running on behalf of Row New York. To support Phil (and get a mile dedicated to you) go to our Crowdrise page here.