Add Sunday’s United Airlines NYC Half marathon to Amber Sabathia’s already hectic 2019.
As the wife of Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia told Page Six on Thursday, she’s prepping for this weekend’s 13.1-mile race whether she’s completely ready or not.
“Last year I needed a new goal and I did the five-borough challenge. And then after I was done, I felt like I retired and totally forgot about training, and then I realized, here I go again, so this race is probably [going to be] my least best time, but I’ll be out there.”
Participating on behalf of her and CC’s charity, the PitCCh In Foundation, which “aims to enrich the lives of inner-city youth,” Amber, who is the organization’s vice president and co-founder, explained that even if she has to speedwalk portions of the race, what she is running for is more important.
“It’s funny because there’s different types of runner. There’s the competitive runner, there’s the runner that, you know they want to PR [get a personal record] every time, and then there are the people that just do it, because to me it’s therapeutic,” Amber said.
“I love the team, I love what we’re running for, and I feel like no matter what, I’m out there, I’m going to do it and I’m going to accomplish it,” she continued. “I’m not as hard on myself if I have to walk at mile 5, it’s just kind of the fact that I’m out there, that’s the first battle.”
While Amber will have the support from her fellow Yankees wives and girlfriends from afar, as the team is currently in Tampa, Fla., for spring training, she’s also gearing up for CC’s final MLB season.
The 38-year-old pitcher had a health scare last year, when he had a blocked artery leading to his heart. CC underwent surgery in December.
“The health scare, the heart, that was pretty huge for us, and definitely kind of sealed the deal I guess. He had already planned on retiring, but it was another thing that kind of let us know that it was time for him to retire this year, and just focus more on the family and enjoying what an amazing career he’s had,” Amber shared.
While Amber has plenty to keep her busy in the months ahead, for now, she’s focused on Sunday’s finish line — not to mention her post-race treat.
“After I run I always get a burger and french fries,” she said. “That’s my treat for running 13 miles.”