Dove Men+Care Deodorant teamed up with John McEnroe and NYRR coach, John Honerkamp to train a team of 6 real guys to finish the 2013 NYC Marathon. Dove Men+Care Deodorant has a clinically proven non-irritant formula, which is why they are sponsoring the 2013 ING NYC Marathon set for Sunday. Running comes with its Irritations, Your Deodorant Shouldn’t Be One of Them. You can get the full schedule of the Marathon by clicking here.The brand has selected six men from across the country to form a united team that will endeavor to train for the 26.2 mile trek through the Big Apple without irritation. To help the team prepare, New York Road Runner's running coach, John Honerkamp, helped prepare them through a customized running regimen. Examiner.com had the opportunity to catch up with Honerkamp about the marathon, working with Dove Men+Care Deodorant, and training six 'real men' read the full interview below:
Examiner: What made you get involved with the ING NYC Marathon this year?
John Honerkamp: I have been coaching runners of all ages for 15 years. I was born a runner. Since moving to New York in 2001, I have run for the New York Athletic Club and been a part of the New York Road Runners Club, host of the annual ING NYC Marathon. Running is a part of my life that I am extremely passionate about."
Examiner: How do you feel about the six ‘real men’ that you will help train?
John Honerkamp: I am extremely excited for them. They all have their inspiration and reason for running and I think it is truly great. We’ve provided them with their own individual, customized programs and I think they are looking forward to this year’s race. After talking and interfacing with the guys, I am looking forward to meeting them in person. Race day is such an emotional day, and I am excited to be a part of it in some way and am able to support them in achieving their goals."
Examiner: What techniques/exercises will you teach them to prepare for the marathon?
John Honerkamp: I have taught them about pacing strategy and proper ways to fuel their body while training. The Saturday before the race, I will meet the Dove Men+Care Deodorant team of runners for a quick stretch and warm up. A phrase I like to say to runners before a big race is the ‘hay is in the barn, all the work is in.' I will do my best to help settle their last minute nerves. The pressure is now more mental than anything."
Examiner: What do most people underestimate about running a marathon
John Honerkamp: I told the team that a marathon pace should not be hard. If you pace correctly, it should feel easy once you get started. However, with all of the race day adrenaline and excitement, the crowd of runners start thinking they can run faster. You should feel relaxed, and not fall victim to your surroundings."
Examiner: How has your experience been with Dove® Men+Care® Deodorant?
John Honerkamp: It’s been fantastic. I love the energy level I have seen thus far. Since I first spoke with the Dove Men+Care Deodorant marathon team, they’ve all shown genuine excitement and have truly amazing reasons for running. I’ve also been working with John McEnroe, who is the team’s Anti-Irritation Coach. He has been giving the team advice on how to mentally prepare and stay focused during training and on race day. We want to make sure these runners get to the finish irritation-free."
Examiner: What is the hardest thing about preparing to run for the big day?
John Honerkamp: A lot of it is the unknown. There are a lot of first-time marathon runners in the race every year. In preparation, runners will typically train up to 18 or 22 miles, but never get to the full 26.2 mile finish. Therefore race day comes with fear of the unknown – fear of having to complete those final few miles."
Examiner: You’ve been coaching for fifteen years, what has been some of your biggest challenges that you had to overcome?
John Honerkamp: Initially, coaching was a challenge, since I was coming out of a career in competitive running. When I was no longer excelling against my competitors, I quickly learned how fun it is to be a part of a runner’s success as their coach. Helping others achieve their goals has proved to be extremely fulfilling. It turned into me giving back to the sport I love, checking my ego at the door, and helping others reach their full potential."
Examiner: Can you explain what the NYRR Training Program entails?
John Honerkamp: The NYRR Training Program is probably the most customizable on the market. You fill out a questionnaire which ultimately determines your overall running skill level through certain criteria like your demographic, gender, recent race history, weekly schedule, and key workout days. It really is built to fit with the runner’s current lifestyle."
Examiner: Lastly, what is your goal for the six ‘real men’ as they gear up to run the marathon?
First and foremost, I want them to have a great time. A marathon can be a life altering experience; therefore it is crucial to take a step back sometimes and just enjoy it, soak it in. This type of event changes people’s lives. I hope that this is not just a bucket list item that they can check off their list, but instead that they will continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle."