Wife of Knicks Amare Stoudemire to take on TCS NYC Marathon

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York Knicks player Amare Stoudemire is not the only athlete in his family. His wife and mother of their four children is taking on the TCS New York City Marathon this year.

Amy Freeze joined her for a run in Central Park to hear about her training.

Amy Freeze goes for a run with Alexis Stoudemire.

Athletics is nothing new for their family, but now the spotlight is on Alexis Stoudemire, who is turning in to a marathoning mom!

"I have four children ages 9, 8, 6 and 16 months," she said. "I take the kids to school, and then I'm running, literally running, afterwards."

The Stoudemire family kids

Her training includes weekend runs with all the ins and outs of marathoning from chaffing to GU Energy gels.

It's a brand new sport mixed in with her duties as a supportive wife and doting mother. And she's pounding the pavement to help others.

"My girlfriend Amber Sabathia, whose husband plays for the New York Yankees, signed me up," she said.

What started as a way to raise money for the Sabathia's inner city youth charity soon became a bucket list item.

Alexis Stoudemire and her close friend Amber

Alexis was an athlete growing up, but that was before babies and adult life took over. Now, she admits training is tough.

"It's one of the hardest things I've ever done," she said. "The discipline of waking up and setting a schedule, figuring out when I can run."

After years on the sidelines encouraging Amare, she says her husband has become her biggest cheerleader. He watches the kids while she does long runs on Sundays, and, of course, he gives her recovery tips.

Alexis Stoudemire, wife of Knicks player Amare Stoudemire, is juggling motherhood and training for the TCS NYC Marathon airing this Sunday.

He taught her how to recover and rest through ice, Epsom massages and proper eating, and it's all paying off.

"I feel good about myself, and I feel lean and healthy" she said. "It's something that I've never done before, so that is the joy I'm getting out of it."

We are wishing Alexis good luck!

Catch Alexis, Amy Freeze and Team ABC 7 at the TCS New York City Marathon this Sunday airing live on ABC7.
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