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 working has lengthy been a part of the performer’s life.

“I’ve at all times used working as my primary type of train,” Altomare instructed 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 not too long ago starred within the title position of “Anastasia” on Broadway, participated within the 2019 Form Girls’s Half Marathon on Sunday, when she additionally sang the nationwide anthem. She is at present prepping for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in Might, adopted by the New York Street 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 Street 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 stated. “Trying again on it, I might do a 10-mile run after which do a press occasion for 2 hours after which do two exhibits, so stuff like that will occur, nevertheless it was in the end value 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, working and performing the nationwide anthem in the course of the 2019 Form Girls’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 space.

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

Along with switching up her food regimen, 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 outdoors versus the treadmill,” she stated. “[It’s] additionally not simply figuring out by working, however utilizing the machines, and figuring out your arms. Lots of instances 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 working with the firemen this yr, and my roommate can also be working the marathon, so all three of us will in all probability have a good time collectively, which goes to be actually thrilling,” Altomare shared.

“I believe I’ll be actually trying ahead to all of the cheese as a result of, earlier than you prepare, you’re actually not purported to have that a lot cheese and never an excessive amount of sugar,” she continued, including, “however a burger with cheese on prime, that form 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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