American television hostess, Samantha Harris for Women’s Running for July 2013. Between her motherly duties and her health lifestyle she covers this issue. The former Dancing with the Stars shows he flawless abs and she dishes out on how she became the running machine she is today and even offers advice for those who fear the sport.
On picking up running for the first time:
“I never thought of myself as a runner until I started dating my now-husband. On one of our first dates, he suggested that we go out for what I thought was going to be a walk, but he suggested we run. In a new relationship, you always want to try new things, so I thought I might as well. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.”
On a healthy running tip:
“Running is intimidating! When you’re first starting, tell yourself that it’s okay to walk if you need to. if you allow yourself that pass, it’s a lot less daunting. If you do a a race and have to walk, you won’t be the only one. it’s a mater of finishing – not getting there first.”
On running charity 5k’s:
“One of the first 5ks I did was for Susan G. Komen. We rallied a team together to support my grandmother, who’s a nearly 30-year cancer survivor. Seeing all these women coming together for a united cause while doing something that’s healthy really moved me. I also trained for and hosted the March of Dimes’ 5k Run for Babies, the goal of which is to improve the health of infants. I am thankful I didn’t have preemies, but going through childbirth made me see the importance of prenatal care and the fact that so many women don’t have access to it. The race was amazing. When you’re running for a cause, there’s something greater than the end goals, and that’s incredibly motivating.”
On Hollywood pressures to stay in shape:
“Because of my career, there is definitely pressure to look a certain way. But even if I was never going to be in front of another camera again, I would keep running. It’s part of my life. It helps my mental acuity and my personal betterment. Plus, it’s a way for me to give back and to be a good example for my children. After doing a race for Feeding America, I started volunteering with my older daughter at the Sova Food Pantry stocking the shelves. i hope one day she’ll do a race with me as well!”
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