Member Spotlight: Lila Sullivan

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am running my second event with Team for Kids this year. I ran the NYC Half in March, raising about $20,000 with Team Tighe, a team of 10 of my family and friends running in memory of my dad. I will be running the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon in the fall!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is in my hometown. I love running by my old elementary school, friends’ houses and waving at people I know. It encourages me to go further and stay positive while running!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My favorite running song is definitely “Are Your Gonna Be My Girl?” by JET. It always sets a great pace and puts me in a good mood. Also, when I was training for the NYC Half, my pump up song was “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z. I have a feeling I’ll be listening to that a lot before the marathon as well while day dreaming about New York!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite food in the world is blackberries. I could always eat a case when I get back from running. As for a real post-run meal, quinoa pasta with turkey Bolognese sauce and steamed broccoli are also some of my favorite foods.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I began running when I started playing field hockey in middle school. I injured myself pretty badly in my first year of high school from over-training in bad shoes, but that’s probably when my personal relationship with running began. After I recovered from stress fractures in both shins, I really had the itch to keep running but I had to become much more aware about how running was affecting my body. Since then I’ve trained for some triathlons, run three half marathons, and have recently become a running coach for 3rd and 4th grade girls with Girls on the Run. I totally believe that running is one of the best things you can do for yourself, as long as you stay safe and listen to your body. I learned that the hard way, but it was probably one of the best mistakes I ever made because it made me fall in love with running.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t really have pre-race superstitions, but I do really like racing. Being on the course reminds me of how proud my dad would be and helps keep me connected to him in a really wonderful way.

Why did you choose to run this event?
My dad ran the New York Marathon once with my uncle. After running the United Airlines NYC Half in March, I really wanted to continue challenging myself, and wanted to continue in my dad’s footsteps. I’m looking forward to the energy and excitement race day, and remembering my dad along the way!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a rising Junior at Colgate University, where both my sister and brother go as well (my Dad went there too!), studying Biology and Religion. I am really interested in public health, and am working at AmeriCares over the summer helping with their US Medical Assistance program, which I love! I have a dog named Bismark who is a total gem who is often featured on my Instagram (@lilareid). I love spinning, fresh veggies, boating, coffee, and grilling!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Team for Kids is a cause very close to my heart. My dad passed away two years ago in an accident, and I began running with Team for Kids in his memory this year. He was my coach for years playing softball, teaching me to run, bike, swim, wakeboard, and hike…you name a sport and my dad not only did it, but wanted to teach everyone around him to play and get active with him. As my coach, he taught me the importance of leadership, how to challenge myself and how to make good friends along the way. Running with TFK has given me the ability to give back to children who have not had the same opportunities that I had. I run with Team for Kids because I know that through running programs children who were not afforded the opportunity before will be able to gain these valuable life skills. Every child needs a mentor, a coach, someone always cheering for them. That’s what my dad was for me and I know that that is what Team for Kids will provide for thousands of children across the nation.

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