What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
It is hard to pick just a few things that excite me about this marathon. I am pumped about the crowds, running through the city, taking on the hills and seeing 26.2 miles of NYC on my feet. Although all of these things make the trip worth it, I am mostly excited to take on this challenge with my amazing friends who are running with me. We have the ability to push through this many miles with great conversation and encouragement. This will be my 4th marathon and I am pretty sure the greatest!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona so through the summer months I have to wake up at 3:30 am for long runs. That being said, where I start and end better have an air conditioner and some coffee. We have an amazing restaurant called La Grande Orange (there is actually one in our airport now if you travel to AZ) located in Arcadia. It is set right off the canal that runs through our cities. I love to start there, hop on the canal, run for miles and head back. It’s nice because I can flip or take a route around if I don’t feel like looking at the same things twice. Ending at LGO puts a smile on my face when I order my latte and oatmeal and sit with my girlfriends for a well-deserved rest.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I don’t typically run to music because I am too busy chatting, but when I do I like Top 40. I like to sing songs in my head and since they are always on the radio when my kids are in the car, I have managed to memorize most of them. My husband is really into music and will be terribly disappointed with that response – so will most of his friends (insert guilty smile here).
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal. I also like eggs but prefer steel cut oats, a little brown sugar or agave and bananas or blueberries. Yum!
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Running is so far from a natural sport for me I still have a hard time calling myself a runner. In 2009 I met a group of women in a fitness moms group who inspired me to run a 1/2 Marathon in 2011. We ran the PF Changs 1/2 Marathon and could not be stopped from there. We ran a few more 1/2 marathons and somewhere along the way decided to run a full. If I was not for my friends I don’t know if it would mean as much to me as it does but over the years I have found so much comfort in running I would be heartbroken if I could not do it. My “running friends” and I have been through a lot together and they have become friends for life.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I lost my dad in 2006 to brain cancer so every marathon starts with something of his. Fortunately I snatched enough shirts that remind me of him to throw over my clothes. At mile marker 1, I take it off, say a few things to him and leave it there for a donation. I know he would think I am crazy for running marathons but it comforts me to have him with me when I start.
Why not? Once you run 13.1… then 14… then 16… then 20.. why not 26.2.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I co-own Remedy Pilates and Massage in Scottsdale, Arizona and I proudly teach Pilates, TRX and Burn at the Barre to a variety of fabulous clients. I have two of the greatest kids ever, Mason (8) and Dera Rae (7) as well as an amazing, supportive husband who sees me through all of the insanity. I am thankful every day for the ability to run, teach and train and feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many amazing people who have helped me raise funds for Team 4 Kids. I am one lucky girl.