Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson will run the 2013 New York City Marathon in two weeks despite a relative lack of training.
[Update: Pamela's marathon finish time was an impressive 5:41:03]
Anderson has never run more than 12 miles, but is confident she will finish the grueling 26.2-mile marathon because she's motivated to raise money for her Haitian charity.
"I've been training for six months," Anderson said on the Oct. 17 episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Before, I've never even run across the street."
Pam hated running when she first started doing it earlier this year, but has grown to love it because it makes her feel emotionally centered.
I started running and I hated it, of course. Everyone hates running for the first mile. If you're running two miles or 20 miles it always hurts. Now I live it. I look forward to it. It's really good. It clears my head."
Anderson, 46, is a longtime fitness fanatic who follows a vegan diet and previously strength-trained to maintain her age-defying physique. The 5-foot-7 blonde beauty now weighs a sleek 115 pounds and is in the best shape of her life thanks to running.
The weight I gained from having two kids, thinking I might have to hang onto that for the rest of my life, is gone My legs feel strong. I feel like a lean machine."
Over the summer, Pamela began slowly building up her endurance by working out on the elliptical trainer and Stairmaster. The fit mom of two (to sons Brandon, 17, and Dylan, 15) has followed the plant-based vegan diet for years, and consumes lots of green juices, smoothies, vegetables, brown rice and quinoa. “My refrigerator is full of kale and greens,” she said. “I can’t imagine something greasy, or eating meat.”
Anderson 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.
Pamela will run alongside her brother Gerry Anderson, who's a longtime runner. "My brother has run his whole life," she said. "He's gonna stay with me. I’ll finish."
The 2013 New York City Marathon takes place Nov. 3.