Valerie Bertinelli's Next Goal: "To Run the Boston Marathon"

02/05/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

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When Valerie Bertnelli joined Jenny Craig in March 2007, she had one goal in mind: lose 40 pounds. Not only did she shed the weight, she showed off her svelte new body in a bikini on the cover of PEOPLE magazine! Since then, the actress has written two books and released a fitness DVD. So what’s left? “For me, my 2010 goal, believe it or not, is to run the Boston marathon, four days before I turn 50!” says Bertinelli, who revealed her plan during a Jenny Craig press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Last year Valerie reached a previous goal of completing a half-marathon, but she’s still feeling the jitters when it comes to crossing the finish line at 26.2 miles. “I’m a little nervous. I’m a little excited. Just keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck,” said the actress, who was quick to offer encouragement to her fellow Jenny Craig spokespeople. “I wanted to take this opportunity to say to the gorgeous Sara Rue, congratulations. Girl, you go! I’m so very proud of you. And Jason [Alexander], Dude. I so knew you could do this and congrats to you too. And congrats for starting the new year off right.”–Elaine Aradillas

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Andrea on

ok people you DON’T have to qualify for the Boston marathon if you run for charity!!! otherwise, yes you need to run a good time….

dad on

Shut up, run quietly, and stop patting yourself on the back. Be glad that God gave you a healthy heart, and you can run a race. I have a serious heart defect; the only way I can exercise is on a treadmill, with a heart monitor. I have gone into life threatening tachycardia that nearly killed me, not once, but several times in my life. Does that make me less than you? No. Can I run for charity? No. So stop bragging about your “QUALIFYING TIMES” and “WHAT RACE YOU RAN”, and thank the Lord that you can run at all.

molly on

hating = bad
raising money for charity = good

marky on

I have a muscle disorder and can no longer run; for that matter, I can walk only with difficulty, but I sure wouldn’t criticize Valerie for wanting to run the Boston and talking about it. Good grief, are you that bitter, “dad”? Get some new hobbies, do the best you can and be glad you can do whatever you can still do. Don’t begrudge others……

Stephanie on

You have to have a goal, just like she does. If you don’t, what are you working for.

A fan on

I love Valerie too. But, please, make it a goal to get an updated hairstyle! Really, you are a very attractive woman, but the big hair needs to go.

Mickey on

Good for her, but I really don’t think it’s fair to all of the other runners who need to qualify. There are plenty of other marathons out there she could run.

Mommylicious on

I am appalled at the negative comments posted by some of you stating Valerie Bertinelli wouldn’t come close to qualifying. What do you know really? Instead of encouraging her to become a better runner or perhaps encouraging her to become a runner and improve her running pace, all you do is sit there and bash her just because she’s a celebrity. She’s a human being before she’s an actress, Have the decency to at least acknowledge that.

Jess on

Yeah, too bad she didn’t do her research before just saying she’s running Boston!! Gotta qualify or raise money for a charity…dumb celebrity.

Wendy on

I thinks it’s wonderful that Valerie has lost 40 lbs. I personally know how hard it is to lose weight, I have lost 150 lbs. so far, with 40 more to go.I’ve done it on my own, no Jenny Craig. Maintaining is just as hard as losing the weight. Am I the only one, or is there anyone out there getting alittle tired of seeing Valerie everywhere??

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