There was a bunch of celebrities that ran the 2010 NYC Marathon, but I'm feeling particularly happy for Howard Stern Show co-host Robin Quivers. This was her first marathon, which she ran to benefit two childhood nutrition programs—The Sylvia Center and Family Cook Productions—through her charity 15 Foundation.
Quivers has been on a health kick for years, having switched to a vegan diet in 2007 and losing over 80 pounds to date. On her charity website, she writes,
A couple of years ago this would have been a challenge that I could not have taken. I couldn’t walk 2 blocks much less run 26.2 miles. Then I discovered the transformative powers of real food and running the marathon is my way of paying back all of the people who invested their time and talents educating me about the joys and the benefits of proper nutrition.
She finished in 6 hours 9 minutes, and as someone who ran their first marathon last May, I'd love to take a peek at what's on Robin's eating plan for today. Despite my post title, I'm sure she isn't really cheating on her vegan diet—but there's something about putting your body through the rigors of running 26.2 miles for the first time that makes you hungry. REALLY hungry. After I finished my race, I ate two cheeseburgers, a strawberry milkshake, a large order of fries, an entire sushi dinner, cookies for dessert ... and first thing the next morning, I devoured an enormous pancake breakfast.
I don't think I put down the fork for at least 36 hours, come to think of it.
Anyway, congratulations to Robin for completing such an enormous achievement! A marathon is a life-changing experience, for exactly the reason she states:
I did this because I wanted to show that you can do things that you don't think you can do.
Word, Robin. And I'm thinking if you can survive 20+ years of Howard, you can survive anything.
Image via 15 Foundation