A Schuylerville High School student plans to run the Brooklyn Marathon on Nov. 20. Junior Trent Thomas has been training for the 26.2 mile run for the past 18 weeks, completing an online workout program that has him running between six and 40 miles a week.
“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and this summer I felt as if I needed a goal I could work toward,” Thomas said.
Now, Thomas is just days away from accomplishing that goal. He will be one of 500 runners taking part in the sixth annual Brooklyn Marathon through Prospect Park.
Despite his ambition to register for the race, Thomas says he has never really enjoyed running very much and usually only ran to get in shape for lacrosse or soccer.
“When I began training, I had never run more than five miles,” Thomas said. “I competed in the Turkey Trot and a Zombie Run in seventh grade, but nothing even close to this level.”
He may not be the classic marathon runner, but he knows how to stay active. Thomas is on the lacrosse team, he’s part of Relay for Life, Spanish Club, Environmental Club, and participates in Envirothon during the spring with his regional champion team, the “Big Bad Composters.” And, for the very first time, Thomas plans to run indoor track this winter.
“I feel relieved that training for the marathon is almost over,” Thomas said. “I’m ready to start different workouts and bring the mileage down.”
Although Thomas trained on his own and plans to run the marathon solo, he will have a group of people along the course cheering him on.
“I’m thankful that my family will be in Brooklyn to support me,” Thomas said. “I think I might be upset when the race is over because running by myself has started to become routine and I might miss that.”