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Biggest Loser Alum Ada Wong Joins Marathon Makeover

If you’ve ever wished you could run a marathon but can’t envision leaving the couch to run five miles – let alone 26 – then it might be time to outsource inspiration. Enter Marathon Makeover, a 40-week, marathon-training, wellness program to help inspire new runners across the country. Marathon Makeover has training teams across the United States like Oregon, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Recently, the company announced its new online program led by Ada Wong, fan favorite from The Biggest Loser season 10. Wong will help inspire ordinary runners at all levels to train for and finish marathons and half-marathons.

When Wong was young, her parents ridiculed her for being “fat,” leaving her without a lot of support or encouragement from her loved ones. However, Ada’s ambition and achievements led her to earn a coveted position with Google with access to free breakfast, lunch and dinner from her choice of 17 cafes, which led her to make unhealthy food choices.

Then, on the tenth season of The Biggest Loser, Wong lost nearly 100 pounds and now will offer enthusiastic, supportive leadership to aspiring runners to help get them up and moving toward the goal of finishing a half or full marathon.

New participants will receive the following:

  • 40-week training schedule
  • Access to the Marathon Makeover website
  • A Run With Ada T-shirt/running jersey
  • The Marathon Makeover Participants Guide
  • The Marathon Makeover Stretching & Strength Training DVD
  • Access to training experts online
  • Weekly motivational blogs and videos from Ada
  • Interaction with Ada on the Marathon Makeover website

Marathon runners: how did you prepare for your first race?

January 10th, 2011

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Emily Finger

You ask a great question, because a successful marathon requires preparation! I had been a runner for years, had read a few books on running, and subscribed to Runners' World. I had a good base of general knowledge about eating for fuel, training and resting, and how to choose a plan. I had also already run several races, so I was familiar with race logistics (adrenaline rush, problems with starting too fast). I picked the FIRST marathon training plan because I had success with their half-marathon training plan in the past. I also made sure I continued my calorie tracking, because I was hoping to lose weight during my training.

Ultimately, I followed my training plan almost perfectly. I researched the route carefully and made sure I packed enough carbs for the whole race. I also gave myself permission to walk, which helped me get through a tough middle section (I'm sure I only lost 5 minutes or less off my total time - definitely worth it if it means I can finish strong!).

The preparation helped. I had such a great experience that I plan to run two marathons this year!

posted Jan 10th, 2011 7:38 pm


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