Member Spotlight: Melissa Sadler

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am running the TCS NYC Marathon on November 1, 2015!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is definitely Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The park is lively at all times with other runners or folks doing other fitness activities such riding a bike or yoga and seeing that during my run helps to push my endurance and motivation. I can be a little competitive at times so seeing others around me running faster or longer helps to motivate me to do that extra mile that I wasn’t initially plan on doing. Also the park is very scenic and it feels nice to run past a lake.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I have a very eclectic mix of music. I am from the Caribbean so listen to a lot of reggae and soca music, but then I would switch it up and listen to Daft Punk or some 80’s pop music. It’s a crazy mix!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I am starving after a long run! My eyes are generally bigger than my stomach so I want to eat it all. I love eating at Energy Fuel so I head there after a race and order their pizza or turkey burger with sweet potato fries.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running about 4 to 5 years. I actually sort of stumbled upon it, never was the person that was interested in being a committed runner. Someone dear to me challenged me one day in the gym said I couldn’t run a hour on the treadmill if I tried. Lol. It was a joke but I took it seriously and got on that treadmill and ran straight for an hour. Now it didn’t just stop there as I was challenged to run an hour twice a week, then we took the running outside and before I knew it I was enjoying it. I noticed over time I was developing form and technique and was running at a faster pace so it became a motivating factor because I knew if I kept it up I would get better with each run. Once I did my first race and got a medal I was hooked with running events. I love them, the crowd cheering you and it feels great crossing that finish like. Today the same person who challenged me years ago works hard to run with me.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I am so by the book when it comes to pre-race rituals. I do the carb loading starting days before the race, drink plenty of water, drink plenty of Gatorade, good night sleep and peanut butter bagel the morning of the race. I am like the poster child of what to do before a race. I also run a few miles the day before a long race some folks don’t do it but I do, it helps me to loosen up and relax. All of these rituals have helped me with every race. I have ran 10 half marathons in the past three years and these rituals have improved my time with each race.

Why did you choose to run this event?
It was time! I thought about doing it two years ago. I registered an account to run with Team for Kids in 2013 but I chickened out and backed down. I continued to just run the half marathons. Last year I was at a expo event for a half marathon that I was running the following day and was causally talking to someone who was running the full marathon. I was always impressed to see the full marathoners. We talked back and forth and she said why don’t you just do a full since you have done so many half’s. I realized I really wanted to run a full marathon but it was me mentally pushing it back. I remember watching the TCS Marathon on tv last year and I felt like I wanted to be a part of that race! This year I said well no time like the present, just do it, and I re-opened my Team for Kids account and committed myself to the NYC Marathon. I sat there watching the computer screen for a few minutes after I committed to the race and thought wow I am really doing this. Was a good and scary feeling, scary because of the new challenging quest and good because I am embarking upon this request for a great cause! And I may add, why not run my first marathon in good ole NYC, it is where I am from!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a VP at large global bank; area of expertise is Corporate Finance. I have been in the finance world for over 10 years. I reside in the Clinton Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and have been living here for over 8 years.

My background is of Jamaican descent and I travel back to Jamaica at least three times a year to visit my father and siblings who still reside there.

I have a passion for travel, love the feeling of getting on a plane and going somewhere cool. I love going somewhere new and revisit places I love.

The simple things in life keep me moving. Great family and friends! I have four siblings, one brother and three sisters and we are all split up location wise, three residing in different states and two residing in Jamaica countries so us just getting together and lounging is great times for me! Getting together with my friends and catching up over wine and a meal is fabulous.

I have a solid and strong group of family and friends and for that I am truly grateful and blessed! Most of them will be at that finish line on November 1st!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Well this will be my first full marathon and I definitely wanted to run for cause. I did my research on a few charities and Team for Kids stood out to me because I felt like raising funds for them is me giving back by helping New York Road Runners continue to develop their youth fitness programs in communities across the nation.

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