Pamela Anderson is just six weeks away from running her first marathon, but only recently started training for the grueling 26.2-mile event.
[Update: Pamela's marathon finish time was an impressive 5:41:03]
Anderson has been running five miles every other day, and recently completed several 10-mile runs ahead of the upcoming 2013 New York City Marathon.
“I really haven’t attacked the running thing,” Anderson told the NY Daily News Sept. 23. “I’ve never been a runner. I’ve never even run across the street hardly before.”
Anderson, who became rich and famous thanks to her 36DD bra size, says her running workouts have whipped her into the best shape of her life, and have given her a new appreciation for running.
“Now I get how fun it is, how great it is,” she said. “I’m sweaty and I’m running, and I still want to run more. I’m getting into a groove. I’m running on the track, running on the beach, running different distances on different surfaces."
The busty 5-foot-7 Anderson now weighs a sleek 115 pounds, thanks to her new running regimen. “The weight I gained from having two kids, thinking I might have to hang onto that for the rest of my life, is gone,” she said. “My legs feel strong. I feel like a lean machine."
Anderson, 46, is a longtime fitness fanatic who follows a vegan diet and strength-trained to maintain her age-defying physique. The former "Baywatch" beauty is running the NYC Marathon on behalf of J/P Haitian Relief, a charity founded by Sean Penn to help victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Other celebrities running the NYC Marathon this year include supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, "Top Chef" winner Richard Blais, and ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes, who are running for their favorite charities.
Over the summer, Anderson began slowly building up her endurance by working out on the elliptical trainer and Stairmaster. The mom of two (to sons Brandon, 17, and Dylan, 15) also follows a vegan diet, consuming lots of green juices, smoothies, vegetables, brown rice and quinoa.
“My refrigerator is full of kale and greens,” said the longtime animal-rights activist. “I can’t imagine something greasy, or eating meat.”
Anderson is well aware that many people might dismiss her marathon goals, but says she has never let other people's opinions discourage her from doing something she sets her mind on. While she's not certain how she'll do in the marathon, Pamela will have her brother, Gerry (who's a longtime runner), by her side every step of the way.
“I don’t even really know how long it takes to run the marathon,” she said. “To keep it under 15 minutes a mile would be my first goal. Hopefully I can run faster than that ... My brother won’t let me stop. I’ll finish.”
The 2013 New York City Marathon takes place Nov. 3.