New Orleans. It’s known for its blues, beignets, and…road races? Yes, that’s right! On February 13, more than 17,000 runners will line up at the starting gate of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. And two of C&A’s employees in the Aureus Medical Group division will be right in the mix. Bill Halloran and Rory Audino, Branch Managers for the Rehabilitation Therapy branch, will both be competing in the half marathon (13.1 miles).
Bill is an experienced runner, having competed in three half marathons and a full marathon over the last three years. The Chicago and Omaha half marathons and the San Antonio full marathon are some of the races Bill has run in. He started running a few years ago to get back in shape. To keep himself motivated, he started signing up for races. While training, he runs 1-2 times a week and supplements his workouts with other cardio such as spinning and stairs. He also lifts weights a couple times a week.
Bill says that staying focused on the weekly mileage on a consistent basis is the most difficult thing about training, but that the amazing feeling of accomplishment when finishing a race keeps him going.
For those wanting to run any distance race, Bill offers, “Be realistic with your goals. My first race, my goal was to finish.”
While this will be Rory’s first race longer than a 10K, a half marathon is a challenge that he is ready for. Over the past few years, he has put a larger focus on getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle. In that time, he has lost around 40 pounds! With the increase in cardio workouts, Rory was able to increase his running distance and set a goal of running a half marathon in 2011 and a full marathon in 2012.
Because of the Nebraska winter weather, most of Rory’s training has been mostly on the treadmill. Each week he sets a new goal for distance and time, aiming to stretch out his endurance a little at a time.
When asked what the most rewarding aspect is of training/running a half marathon, Rory said, “A couple of years ago I would have never thought I would be able to do anything like this. The high that you get from checking something like this off your ‘list’ is awesome.”
Both Bill and Rory have set a goal to finish within an hour and 50 minutes, which is about an average of 8:40 a mile. Good luck to both!