What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is over the Queensboro Bridge, through LIC, over Pulaski into Brooklyn and back over the Willy B and up the East River Greenway. In my opinion, this is a perfect 11 mile run because there is no turning back. It literally takes longer to get home via the subway and you get a view from 3 boroughs and 3 bridges in the city! In case you cannot tell I am a destination runner, which is one of the reasons I love the Airbnb Brooklyn Half so much!
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My previous TFK experiences helped me to veer away from running with music. I try to hold conversations, but if I need to dig deep I usually through some Flo Rida , Icona Pop, & Ke$ha on! I prep every race with the songs “Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now” & “Timber”! You might see me dancing in the corrals before the race!
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Let’s be honest…an ice cold beer from the closest dive bar.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began in the summer of 2013. I was in a position to choose to stay in NYC or move to Hong Kong for work. Many friends had moved out of the city and I didn’t think I could “do” the NYC scene anymore. I woke up on decision day and I went for a run in Central Park (never running before) and got lost. I finished 6 miles that morning. The support and friendships within the park made me realize that this community was what I needed to fall in love with NYC again! From then on out I ditched my stilettos for some sneakers and found an abundance of new adventures and friends all on foot. I cannot imagine choosing the opposite path!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Pre-race rituals include the following:
Night Before: A heaping bowl of Ramen!
Morning of: Shower & Makeup…you never know who you will meet in your corral, am I right? For anything a half or shorter: a half a cup of coffee and a half a banana morning of race. Anything longer, salt bagel with white chocolate peanut butter!
Superstitions: No black eyeliner will lead me to a disastrous run and I will not PR a race if I am not in a running skirt and my TFK singlet!
Why did you choose to run this event?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half is an event like no other! This event really signifies the words “Team” and “Community”. That is why I love it so much! I remember last year’s event, nobody really left Coney Island after they finished. They found a place to cheer on the boardwalk until the last person crossed the finish line! This is why I got into running and I love supporting a race that really shows the magnitude of how supportive the running community is.
Also, who doesn’t love a run that ends at the beach?
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am fortunate to come from a big family: six siblings always encouraging, extremely athletic, and supportive. Instead of sports, I grew up taking 23 years of classical ballet…ironically pretty much to avoid running.
I work in retail planning in women’s shoes! Working in shoes, you would think I have found the perfect sneaker by now, instead I flex between a few pairs!
I have run 3 events with TFK: 2014 NYC Half, 2014 Brooklyn Half, 2014 TCS New York City Marathon! Brooklyn will be my 4th and I hope to complete Berlin Marathon & the TCS New York City Marathon again with TFK later this fall! I cannot wait for the exciting year ahead to make new friends & teammates!
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Over the past year, I have grown to love TFK and the ambiance it provides through the season, on race day and beyond! I have a competitive edge, but every single race I have done, I have stopped and high fived all the kids! To me, these kids make all the difference in running and give me a reason to run! The coaches, training, and the cheers have really lead me to become a stronger runner and PR many races so I hope to break some new goals this year! Also, I am volunteering at a few youth events this spring to tie together my running event with my involvement with the young runners which is one of the most rewarding experiences for me as I get to meet some of the kids that cheer us on!