KVIA’s Good Morning El Paso anchor Stephanie Valle announced today that she will run the 2019 Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon on February 17, 2019.
Valle is making the commitment to run the 26.2 mile race in time to log several months of training beforehand.
“I can’t believe I’m agreeing to run 26.2 miles,” Valle said. “But after running the half marathon twice over two years, why not try running that total amount at one time, right?”
Most runners consider the marathon much harder than a half marathon. Of course, the distance is double for a marathon, but also the human body tends to run out of glycogen after about 20 miles, making the last 6 miles of the marathon extra strenuous.
Still, marathoners come to love the challenge of pushing their bodies beyond its normal limits.
“I’m nervous and excited about the challenge and am eager to learn what exactly I’m capable of doing,” Valle said.
Training for a marathon takes time. For Valle, who besides having a successful career in TV journalism is married with two children, finding nearly 10 hours a week of time to run is its own challenge.
Generally, running experts recommend that those who commit to run a marathon have a good base of 20-25 miles a week of running before beginning a four-month program leading up to the race. That typically will culminate in a week of 40 to 50 miles of running, about three weeks before the race.
Although this will be her first marathon, Valle is no newbie to running, having run the El Paso Half Marathon two times already.
“Stephanie will surely be an inspiration for many, being a mom, wife, career women runner committed to getting it done,” said Mike Coulter, race director of the Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon, Half Marathon and Up and Running 5K.
“One of the exciting things about working with the El Paso Marathon is seeing people accomplish their goals.”