Skip directly to content

German School to Run for Mental Health!

on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:57

The German School New York Running Club is excited to run for MHA Westchester!  We are a new running club that began at the beginning of this school year.  This race will be the fifth for our team and the second of our spring season.

Our team is comprised of elementary and middle school students, as well as teachers, parents, and friends.  One of the goals of the club is to give our students an opportunity to meet fellow runners and be more interactive with the Westchester community.   Running the MHA 5K and 1 mile fun run is a great way for our club to have fun, run happy, and make some new friends.

German School New York is a bilingual, international school that educates children in Pre-K through twelfth grade.  As our school continues to grow, we are looking for more ways to support the local community we are proud to be a part of, and running for the MHA is a wonderful way to do that. 

We look forward to a great race and the opportunity to share some information about our school! Happy running!

My Journey to a 5K by Stephanie M.

on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:04

Editors note: We love when someone is inspired to begin running with our 5K event as a goal. And we especially love when we get to hear the story behind the decision. 

My Journey to a 5K

I used to always say… vehemently… that I was not a runner.  I would follow that up with lots of reasons why I was not cut out for the running lifestyle.  The truth was, I was just terribly out of shape.  I made excuses, but deep down, I always wanted to be a runner.

 

My journey to my first 5K began about a year ago.  As I stated, I was extremely unhealthy.  I was obese and was on a number of different medications for weight related issues.  I had little energy and would get winded walking from my car to my office.  I was miserable and I was ready to make a change.  In July 2013, I embarked on a journey to optimal health.  For the past 9 months, I have changed my life by choosing a  much healthier  way of eating, adding  exercising and most importantly working on the emotional issues that caused me to get to such an unhealthy state.   In less than a year, I have lost over 100 pounds, am off all medications, and now enjoy a very active lifestyle that includes kickboxing, Zumba classes, bicycling and yoga.  However, running… Running has remained this slightly unattainable dream.            

 

Despite my uncertainty about running, I started telling people that my fitness goal for this year was to do a 5K.  Then I started running a little bit here and there on the treadmill.  I even added a little street running when out on my weekend walks.  Finally, this week, in an impulsive move forward towards my dream, I researched upcoming 5Ks in my area.  When I found MHA On the Move I thought, this is the one! I immediately registered.

 

Then I thought, “Oh no!  Now you’ve gone and done it!”  I had to actually get serious now about training for a race that was 5 weeks away.  Thank Google, I found a “One Month to 5K” schedule online and I have started my training.  It’s only been a day but I accomplished the first workout.  I am taking it one day at a time.  One run at a time.  One rest day at a time.  This is one of the most exciting and yet most terrifying things I’ve ever committed to. 

 

Like many of you reading this blog, mental health issues have touched my life.  Some of us are lucky to have great support systems and available and affordable care.  Some of us are not.  Mental health issues are very important to me so running for this cause just seemed like a natural fit.  It is my longer-term fitness goal that this will be the first of many annual runs I participate in for the MHA.  Come join me! 

 

 

 

 

T-Shirt Design Contest: Get Your Creativity ON!

on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 15:56

Desig

the T-Shirt for this year’s 10th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile Kids’ Race

and you could have your tee produced and worn by hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers!

 

The prize? VIP passes to your choice of any of our 2014 EVENTS PLUS publicity on our website and all social media sites.

 

You will be designing the BACK of the shirt.

Your design must be no larger than 15 inches X 15 inches.

Event colors are blue and yellow.

 

The following copy and the event logo (see above) are REQUIRED elements of the design.

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

FDR State Park  Yorktown Heights, NY

10th Anniversary CELEBRATION

 

A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors

 

{Sponsors will go here. }

Gold

Bronze

Supporting

Media Partners

www.mhawestchester.org

 

 

MOVING FOR MENTAL HEALTH (optional)

 

The top ten designs will be featured on our website and in social media.

Good luck!

All submissions must be received by 5pm on April 10th.

Send to development@mhawestchester.org

Thank you for participating!

 

 

 

Please do share with graphic designer/artist friends and family!

Meet the Co-Chairs!

on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 18:23

We are so pleased that these three extraordinary women are joining us as co-chairs for this 10th Anniversary of MHA on the move.

Ann Mandel, left,  is the mother of four children whose life has been touched by the struggles of family members and friends with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, anxiety and depression. Ann and her husband, Robert started Team Daniel to Fight Mental Illness which uses running to raise funds to support people with serious mental health diagnoses.

Amy M. Collins, center,  is a writer and editor working for a health care publication in New York

Stephanie's Run Report: Week 2

on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:19

Editors note: We love when someone is inspired to begin running with our 5K event as a goal. And we especially love when we get to hear the story behind the decision. Here is Stephanie's second installment.

I just finished week two of my "One Month to 5K" training program.  Every single day I have to run, I look down at the schedule for the day and I think, "I don't know if I can do this".  Then I get on the treadmill and I do it.  Then I have a rest day and the same thoughts occur on my next run day. 

 

Yesterday I went to FDR park where the 5K will take place.  I had a rough map of the race route from this website.  I wanted to walk the route to get a feel of what it will be like on race day.  With each step I took, I grew more and more anxious.  I kept thinking, "I don't know if I can do this".  The park has inclines and declines that I have not been training for.  I have been focusing on just running 3.1 miles.  I have been doing it on a nice, cushy, 0% incline treadmill.  And on the treadmill, I am focusing my eyes on my reflection in the mirror or The Real Housewives of Wherever on the TV monitor.  But at the park it was just open road and big sky and I felt small.  I felt weak.  I felt overwhelmed. 

I know I can always walk part of the 3.1 miles.  I just had this idea of running it.  And maybe I can.  I don't know if this kind of insecurity is natural for a first time runner or if this is just me and my own insecurities running amok.  I am choosing to concentrate on the fact that for the past two weeks, I have accomplished every training run put in front of me.  I am going to keep telling myself I can do this, too.  And to take the pressure off, I have also been concentrating on my iPod run day playlist (music is my motivator!) and I bought a great pair of new sneakers! 

 

Regardless of how I do on race day, I have discovered a love for running that I think it will be invaluable in my goal of optimal health.  I look forward to seeing you all out there!

 

 

TOP 10 Reasons to Register Today!

on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:19

10. It’s the most fun you can have on a Sunday morning!

9. Exercise is benefical for your body and a boon to your brain.

8. It feels so good to stand up for a cause you believe in.

7. Because moving is motivating!

6. There’s nothing like spending time in nature to reboot for a new week.

5. You get a super cool T shirt gratis.

4. Every kid gets a ribbon and you might win a medal. Hey! You never know.

3. FREE FOOD!

2. You get to celebrate MHA’s 10th with a big bunch of really nice folks.

1. And finally, TA DA! IT’S AN EPIC CHANCE TO MAKE A COLOSSAL DIFFERENCE.