My Why: Will Reeve

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 22, 2021 # Team Reeve

Will wearing an orange Team Reeve shirt with a NYC marathon medal around his neck.On Sunday, November 7, 2021, Team Reeve will take on the TCS New York City Marathon! 2019 was a record-breaking year for Team Reeve NYC, raising over $420,000 for paralysis research! We want to continue the momentum for 2021!

Will Reeve

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

I'll always be passionate about carrying on my parents' legacy in supporting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, and this year is especially poignant. I couldn't think of a better time to run my next marathon than the first race after the pandemic. My goal is to raise $52,000; to run for those who can't. My dad died at age 52, and it has been 52 years since the first New York City Marathon. Since the marathon was canceled due to the coronavirus last year, and for Hurricane Sandy in 2012, 2021 will mark the 50th New York City marathon.

Will and other members of Team Reeve wearing orange Team Reeve shirts before the marathonWhat has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome while training for the marathon?

For me, the greatest challenge has been sticking to a training plan to achieve my goal of running my fastest time. What feels most daunting to me is when I reach the late stages of training, and I have to find time to do 17-mile runs. That can be difficult, especially when I'm traveling. But I discovered that if you make a plan and stick to it, there's no way you won't achieve the goal.

What are you doing to train for the marathon?

I work with legendary Coach Mark. He creates race preparation schedules for runners of all levels, whether it's their first marathon or their 100th. Having a schedule is really important for me because I'm routine-oriented — every day is mapped out through race day. Since one of my goals is to beat my 2016 time of 4 hours and 36 minutes, I'm also creating a playlist that's exactly 4 hours long to propel me to the finish line. The music is a combination of genres that stir up all sorts of emotions; anything that keeps my feet moving.

Team Reve members posing together in matching orange shirts and holding a Team Reeve signWhat are you looking forward to on the day of the race?

The most magical part of Marathon Sunday is the thousands of people who come out to cheer for thousands of runners. Any time I've struggled with a workout, and I need motivation; I envision coming over the bridge on 1st Avenue in this shared moment of community, joy and accomplishment. So, I'm looking forward to experiencing that moment again. Well, that and a post-race meal at a local bar.

What did you learn about yourself after completing your first marathon?

I never thought of myself as a runner; that’s why I was hesitant to do the marathon. That has all changed. Running is just a part of my life now. I learned a lot about what I was capable of, and how much people care about me, my family, and the Foundation. I loved every bit of it, and I can’t wait to get back out there.

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