I run to eat. It's pretty simple or, at least, that is how it started. On this week's episode, you watched Jen and me run a charity 5K in Aspen. It was a lot of fun. I lined up with Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay and once the gun sounded, I watched Marcus disappear into the distance. The guy is an Olympic runner, I'm convinced.
As most of you won't be surprised to hear, I've become borderline obsessed with running. Next month I'll run my second ING New York City marathon, and two weeks later on Thanksgiving morning, I'll run a half marathon in Atlanta. Some of you have followed me since Season 4 of Top Chef. But not too many of you probably know that I've lost 60 or so pounds over the last 8 years.
Proof? Check out this pic...
And so it was natural for me to combine my new love of running with a cause that I could understand and relate to. Last year, I partnered with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to raise awareness and fight childhood obesity, and fundraise for the cause through my run. We were able to raise over $25,000! This year, we've partnered up again and yes, I'm about to hit you up for donations, really, every bit helps. If you would like to support me, follow this link!
In the meantime, because maybe I've inspired some of you to lace up, here's a few of my favorite places to run in the country:
Los Angeles - Most locals will tell you to hit Griffith Park, which is indeed fun. But if you are looking for a 2-3 mile, high intensity, part run, part serious incline hike, complete with some amazing views of downtown L.A. and good people-watching, go to Runyon Canyon.
Richard, I have had to eat my words, as this show has proven to be much more entertaining than I imagined from the first episode. I will never be a runner (too much arthritis) but is critical to build some physical activity into your life, if only to be able to enjoy fabulous food without guilt. Keep it up!
Good for you, Rich! You're an inspiration that you can enjoy good food and keep fit. Your hard work has really paid off.
Glad that Life After Top Chef is on. So many of us viewers really wanted to see what transpired afterwards for at least some of the Top Chef talents. You are showing an amazing ability at balancing your career expectations and your family requirements. We all know that Family comes first to you, and no matter what hits on the business end, you wonderful family will always be first and foremost. The wife's birthday gift was EXCELLENT idea...keep riding the others on the show, as they all look up to you in one way or another. They all respect you as you respect them. Your a great group of people, a wonderful group of chef's and it is a priviledge that we get to share some of your time with you thru Life After Top Chef. Thanks so much. Wish the show was on daily...
Wow! What an inspiration and thank you for sharing info on good places to run. Would be great to see your take on any changes to how you approach ingredients for your dishes that focus on great flavor and great health.
Congrats on the new show. Happy to see you back!
So happy to see you and all of the other chefs on LATC!! Wishing you the best of luck with all of your new ventures and hope that you find balance with work and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing this time in your life with us! Looking forward to the rest of the season.