While Most of Us Were Brunching, Alicia Keys Ran the NYC Marathon

While Most of Us Were Brunching| Alicia Keys Ran the NYC Marathon

Alicia Keys should be very proud of herself right now. While most of us were sleeping| binging on Netflix| or planning where Sunday’s brunch would be| the Grammy Award-winning singer ran the NYC Marathon! Alongside a group that included her brother| the singer ran the marathon to raise money for Keep a Child Alive| an organization that helps children and families affected by HIV. Alicia first announced her intent to run on her Instagram account and has managed to squeeze in training over the last few months amid her responsibilities as a mother and entertainer. When Sunday came| she was ready for the challenge and crossed the finish line with a huge smile on her face| finishing with a time of 5:50:52.

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Alicia was all smiles in the week leading up to the big day. She told Refinery29 that she was spending her taper week staying hydrated| eating clean| and sleeping more than usual.

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Before the start| Alicia spent some time with the NYC Marathon’s grand marshal| Spike Lee. On his Instagram account| Spike shared these words of encouragement| “”Run Sista Run.””

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With the first mile done| she posed with the rest of her Keep a Child Alive crew.

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No slowing down as she hit mile 10 in Brooklyn.

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Halfway point achieved!

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During the final stretch in Central Park| Alicia looked calm| focused| and determined.

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Alicia and her crew were unbreakable to the end| raising their arms together as they neared the finish line.

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Alicia’s husband| Swizz Beatz| was there to greet her at the finish line with their first son| Egypt.

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Definitely the smile of someone who just crushed 26.2 miles. Congrats| Alicia!

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“”Wow!!!! What a day!!! We did it!! One foot in front of the other was my mantra! The LOVE that was out in NYC TODAY was OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!! Thank you for every scream| every cheer| every piece of good energy you sent my way!!! You helped me so much today!! “” u2014 Alicia Keys