26 Miles In Just Under 6 Hours

Updated: Dimaura Cole Runs Marathon for the Girl Scouts

Updated 14 weeks ago
Marathon Finisher and Common Council Member Dimaura Cole
Marathon Finisher and Common Council Member Dimaura Cole
Photo courtesy of Rossana Ceruzzi

"Common Council Member Dimaura Cole ran the marathon and finished it," wrote Rossana Ceruzzi. "She did it for the Girl Scouts."

Cole, wearing bib #70111 finished at 5 hours, 57 minutes, 40 seconds. It's not a fast time, over 13 minutes per mile, but it's a grueling 26 mile test of physical endurance. And can you imagine 6 consecutive hours on your feet, running the whole time?

It's an achievement any marathoner ought to be proud of, but for Cole, it's even more. She did it to raise money for the Girl Scouts.

You can do the same with much less effort. Click right here to add some cash to the money Dimaura Cole and the team has already raised at GoFundMe.

Dimaura adds her thoughts on completing the marathon...

Running the marathon was a long term goal. Last summer, I met Nosipho Dhladhla she was training for the marathon and I was inspired as a result.

As a volunteer Girl Scouts leader, the marathon became more meaningful when I was given the opportunity to run on behalf of the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts teaches girls, confidence, courage but more importantly character. It’s exciting to support an organization that its mission is to make the world a better place. This was a cause bigger than myself and it was important for my daughters who are Girl Scouts to witness the process.

I am a NEW runner and I trained for 12 weeks but ran for 6 months. Most of my training was done on the Roosevelt Island running around the beautiful promenade enjoying the breathtaking views of LIC and Manhattan skyline.

I ran 8 consecutive Wednesday in Astoria Park for an hour from 6:30am to 7:30am.

I ran a total of 10 registered races with NYRR, 3 half marathons, one 18 miles, one 12 mile, as a result now I am qualified for the 2020 NYC marathon.

I ran 12 week virtual training which required enormous commitment because you are running alone and despite feeling tired or dealing with setbacks, it was important to push forward.

I had to learn about fueling while running and how often to fuel. I experienced digestive problems while running and it was due to eating too soon, the wrong food or not emptying the before the race. Wearing the right sneaker was a hard lesson learnt. My toes have suffered as a result. Learning to pace myself was challenging as I would run too fast at the beginning and burn out at the end.

I don’t have a gym membership, and that affected my training because it lacked cross training which is less strenuous on the knees and legs. I did have access to the gym at the hotels when I traveled which was helpful. I also took advantage of the beautiful outdoor gym at the Octagon.

I travel for a living which can be dehydrating. I had to hydrate twice as much. Some days I felt extremely tired and I had to remind myself that I was flying and running which increased dehydration.

Towards the end of my training, I had the privilege of meeting former Marathoner and Island resident Antonio Gonzalez who provider vital training tips, and although I couldn’t apply many of his recommendations for this marathon, I will be able to apply them for the 2020 50th anniversary NYC Marathon.

Running the marathon was an amazing experience. I enjoyed running in all the boroughs giving hi fives to children and adults. Watching the abundance of smiling faces cheering loudly and excitedly was exhilarating. Seeing my family during the race was fuel to soul. It regenerated and re-energized my spirit.

Overall, the marathon training was an arduous journey and a balancing act. It was well worth it and I am looking forward to next’s year marathon.

I am happy that I’ve inspired others not only to run, but to run for a cause that’s bigger than themselves.

To achieve a goal, is to feel accomplished!

I have a Gofundme page fundraising on behalf of the Girl Scouts. Please support and share.

This is the campaign for Girl Scouts of Greater New York NYC 2019 (Dee Cole): https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/girl-scouts-of-greater-new-york-nyc-2019/deecole2?utm_campaign=oc&utm_medium=email&utm_source=crowdrise

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