Most importantly, he stresses the need for water.
“People don't realize the importance of water. I always tell people that water to the body is like gas to a car. So if you’re low on water you won’t go far,” Lee says.
|Lee is joined on his marathon journey by another College of Medicine professor, Adeyinka O. Laiyemo, M.D., who joined the faculty in January 2010. This year will mark Laiyemo’s sixth Marine Corps Marathon, and his goal is to complete it in less than six hours.
||"Whatever your goal is, you can do it and with the proper amount of preparation all goals are possible.”
“I thought it was a good idea to set a big target for myself six years ago to encourage me to get in shape and exercise frequently,” Laiyemo says.
For those just looking to get started, Laiyemo suggests registering for a shorter distance race—whether it’s a 5K, 10K or even a 10-miler—so that they have a manageable goal to pursue.
“They should then tell everybody that they plan to run because this may help ‘prevent’ them from quitting,” he says.
A faculty member since April 2006, Lee often shares with his students the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Those looking for more initiative to run a race can even consider running for a cause, he says. Lee remembers one year being asked by students to run in the Marine Corps Marathon as a fundraiser for lupus in memory of a fellow classmate who died of the disease. Lee says he felt honored to run for such a great cause and to help the students raise money.
Lee and Laiyemo both emphasize that the most important thing to remember is that anyone can do it.
“The first time it was very exhilarating to get close to the finish line because it was something that I had never done before and I didn’t think it was possible for me,” Lee says. “I knew that I had accomplished something that I had wanted to keep doing and you know what, you can do it too. Whatever your goal is, you can do it and with the proper amount of preparation all goals are possible.”