What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is along the beach in my hometown of White Rock, British Columbia. I love to breathe in the ocean air and watch the sunrise.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I usually run with music. I like Rihanna, Kanye West, Eminem, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I love apples and peanut butter, but if I’ve just finished a race, I’m all about pizza, fries and a big coke.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began after I had my son. I had sixty pounds to lose and decided to give it a try. I needed something I could do while he was sleeping or while pushing a stroller.
I signed up for a 10K race, to help me motivated and accountable, and then downloaded the Couch to 10K app. I was only able to run for thirty seconds my first time. It slowly started getting easier and I loved seeing the progress.
After I finished my first 10K I was hooked! I signed up and finished 9 more races that year. In March, 2014 I completed the NYC Half Marathon (my current PR.)
In March, 2013, I decided to start run streaking. I ran a minimum one mile a day for over a year completing almost 400 days of running. I started streaking again in December, 2014 and ran for 122 days before I was sidelined with an injury.
As a single mom most of my running usually happens on the treadmill before my son is up, while he plays in the basement (under 5 miles) or after he goes to bed. I save my outdoor runs for when he’s spending time with his dad.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I always eat exactly three hours before the race (peanut butter on toast or a waffle.)
Why did you choose to run this event?
This will be my first marathon. I’ve done a handful of half marathons but knew, for my first full marathon, I wanted to come to New York. NYC is my favorite place in the world. There’s something about the city that makes me feel alive! I’ve heard the crowds are amazing! I know they will help push me to the finish line.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a single mom. I work, full-time, in the news media. I have a running blog (http://www.kaellaontherun.com/) where I blog about my running, training plans, race recaps and life as a mom.
I grew up in beautiful White Rock, British Columbia but now call Lethbridge, Alberta home. I love to travel, online “window” shop, and munch on 5 cent candy.