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Jan 12

Marathon Highlight - Newport News Resident Sika Henry

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 7:47 AM by Communications Department

2 times Women’s Marathon Champion

Marathons the world over bring together people of all ages and nationalities to experience the thrill and exhilaration of competition. For the next few weeks leading to the 2017 One City Marathon, we will be bringing you insights and personal perspectives about why individuals compete in the Marathon and what it means to them.
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Sika Henry is a Newport News resident, Ferguson Enterprises employee, and a 2 times Women’s Marathon Champion. She shared with us her thoughts on the Marathon.

1) When and why did you start running?

I first started running at the end of my senior year of high school because I wanted to try a new sport. I ended up falling in love with the sport of track and field and became a high jumper and sprinter at Tufts University. After graduating from college I began running longer distances as a way to stay in shape.

2) What advice do you have for a beginner runner?

Start off slow. Take your time. Try to relax and enjoy being in the moment. It's one of the few times in a day where you can be completely selfish and focus on yourself and your health. Also, while a treadmill at the gym is convenient, try switching up your environment. We are lucky to live in a city where we have access to multiple trails. Head out for a jog along the Noland Trail or run a few miles at Newport News Park. Having trails in our backyard is a huge perk to living in Newport News.

3) What is one thing that running has taught you?

That I'm stronger than I realized. I used to look at half marathons and marathons as an impossible task. I remember doing my first 5K (3.1 miles) and it felt incredibly hard. I didn't think I could finish and I definitely couldn't fathom running farther. Even now, I still have those dark moments when I want to stop. But running has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

4) What is your favorite part of the One City Marathon?

The cheer sections. They are amazing! The high school students that volunteer are the best. I always look forward to Mile 25 because 1) I'm only one mile from the finish line and 2) I know 200 Heritage High School students will be there screaming and shouting words of encouragement. They are by far the loudest and most entertaining cheer station. That section of the course is like a mini pep rally. It makes the last stretch of the marathon more entertaining.

5) What race will you be running at the 2017 One City Marathon?

The marathon!! I’d love to break the 3-hour barrier this year and I couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else. I’ll definitely be on the starting line on March 12th. I’ll be the one in the pink Point 2 Running Company / Flat Out Events singlet.