How Broadway star Christy Altomare is prepping for her first NYC marathon


Christy Altomare
Christy AltomareGetty Photographs for Form Journal

Actress and singer Christy Altomare accomplished her first-ever half marathon Sunday, however operating has lengthy been a part of the performer’s life.

“I’ve at all times used operating as my foremost type of train,” Altomare advised Web page Six on Tuesday. “It grounds me, it calms me, and I do know that is bizarre, however the endorphins from it simply make me extra centered for my day.”

Altomare, 32, who just lately starred within the title function of “Anastasia” on Broadway, participated within the 2019 Form Ladies’s Half Marathon on Sunday, when she additionally sang the nationwide anthem. She is presently prepping for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in Could, adopted by the New York Highway Runners’ premier occasion, the TSC New York Metropolis Marathon — Altomare’s first — in November.

“Over this final yr, I made a decision to begin getting into the small races with the New York Highway Runners, which I entered into the 9+1 program, whereas I used to be doing my eight-show week, which was type of loopy,” she mentioned. “Wanting again on it, I’d do a 10-mile run after which do a press occasion for 2 hours after which do two reveals, so stuff like that will occur, but it surely was in the end price it as a result of I ended up ending the 9+1 program, which leads you right into a assured slot into the marathon.”

The 9+1 program ensures admission to the TSC New York Metropolis Marathon after contributors have run 9 races and volunteered at one.

Altomare was on double duty Sunday, running and performing the national anthem during the 2019 Shape Women's Half Marathon.
Altomare was on double responsibility Sunday, operating and performing the nationwide anthem in the course of the 2019 Form Ladies’s Half Marathon.Getty Photographs for Form Journal

Although Altomare by no means gave a lot thought to the New York Metropolis Marathon, her fiancé, an FDNY fireman, in addition to her roommate, impressed her to go the gap.

“The one factor that she [Altomare’s roommate] at all times says is, ‘You solely must run one marathon to develop into a marathoner.’ It’s a small share of individuals on this earth which have run a marathon and I believe it’s at all times been a private aim,” she mentioned.

Along with switching up her weight-reduction plan, Altomare has additionally amended her coaching routine.

“It’s actually about not taking it too far, doing lengthy runs after which quick runs after which additionally, the endurance of going exterior versus the treadmill,” she mentioned. “[It’s] additionally not simply figuring out by operating, however utilizing the machines, and figuring out your arms. Quite a lot of occasions runners will overlook about their arms and actually sticking true to stretching earlier than and after a run.”

Whereas the marathon remains to be months away, Altomare has already envisioned her post-race celebration.

“I’m actually excited as a result of my fiancé goes to be operating with the firemen this yr, and my roommate can also be operating the marathon, so all three of us will in all probability have fun collectively, which goes to be actually thrilling,” Altomare shared.

“I believe I’ll be actually wanting ahead to all of the cheese as a result of, earlier than you prepare, you’re actually not presupposed to have that a lot cheese and never an excessive amount of sugar,” she continued, including, “however a burger with cheese on prime, that kind of factor, I additionally actually love sugary drinks and ice cream. I’m going to eat all of that after the marathon.”

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