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Gabbin’ With Amani Toomer!

Special treat for y’all. Amani Toomer is running the NYC marathon, and was nice enough to answer a few questions about his training and on the Giants.

GiantsGab: Tell us a bit about your training and how it differs from football training?

Amani Toomer: I actually had to un-learn how to run because the fundamentals and techniques are so different. As a sprinter, it’s all about explosion and high leg kicks – techniques that you’d always want to avoid as a long-distance runner. There are two things that have really helped me transition to this type of training though. One is my trainer, who TIMEX provided for me. He’s been setting my workout schedules and helping me learn the techniques that go into distance running. The other is the TIMEX technology I’ve been working with. I have a Global Trainer Watch with GPS that makes my workouts a lot more palatable because after each run I actually get to go back to my computer, upload my information from my watch and actually see how fast I ran, what my heart rate was doing, how far I really went, and it makes the whole thing a lot more fun. It adds that competitive aspect into training for me because I get to compete against myself which is great. All of that information can be found on the Timex Sports Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TimexSports).  If anyone thinks they can beat my times, they can go to the page and check them out. I post there and my trainer posts there, all about the trials and tribulations of going from being, essentially, a sprinter, an NFL player, to being a marathon runner.

GG:Tell us a little bit about your decision to sponsor New York Runners Youth Programs

AT: Charity and youth efforts was something I was focused on during my career and I’m glad I get to continue doing those same type of things now. I’m actually going to be starting in the marathon dead last and for every person I pass, TIMEX is going to donate $1 to the New York Road Runners youth program which is really an after school program designed to not only give kids positive and constructive activities to get involved in after school but also to help teach them how to train and stay fit. And with childhood obesity being such a growing concern today I think that this is something that’s really beneficial for kids today – helping them stay out of trouble but also stay active. So that’s been an additional motivation for me to keep me pushing hard through my training. Hopefully I can pass a good 20 thousand people and get to really help them.

GG: Any pre-race jitters?

AT: I feel prepared and ready to go. Right now, I’m training at 16 miles with a couple months left so I know my trainer is setting me right up correctly. I feel good, no jitters at this time.

GG:What are your thoughts on this year’s Giants team?

AT: They need to get back to being a run-focused team. They passed the ball more than I think Tom Coughlin wanted to last year. Good Giants teams are always built around the run. Eli is the man and their receivers are super-talented, but they do need to establish that run-first mindset to really open up the whole offense. If they can do that they’ll have a really good year.


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