Member Spotlight: Alyson Hockett

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Jackson Hole, WY because wherever I look, it’s beautiful. Last winter I was running near my home and saw something out of the corner of my eye. Six bison were ambling across the bike path. I started looking for a tree to climb — just in case — but they ignored me and moved on. One doesn’t get an experience like that in most places.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I rarely run with music.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Chocolate milk, then a walnut Gorgonzola salad with chicken. So good.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I became an empty nester at 53 and thought it was time to start a new chapter in my life, so I hired a coach to help me train for my first sprint triathlon. Running was my challenge — I started out running 100 yards/walking 100 yards. It was a process. My training evolved. I completed my first marathon at 56 and my first full Ironman at 57. The great thing is, I started out so slow — I keep getting fast even though I’m getting older. That’s kind of nice!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Well for years I wore the same good luck visor for every event, but it’s gotten so disgusting . . . I now have a new visor to test out for 2015. I wear it when I train, but to be honest . . . I still grab the old grubby one on race days.

Why did you choose to run this event?
My husband and I visited NYC for the first time in 2014 and loved it. It just so happens we were there the weekend of the 2014 NYC Marathon. It looked like so much fun, I had to give it a try. My husband isn’t running the event, but he’s the best cheerleader ever AND he love NY pizza! (Shhhh, he’s from Chicago).

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Anytime you can do something you love, like running, and can raise awareness and do something positive for others, you feel like a success. It makes running a marathon even more special.

Connect with Alyson on Facebook via this link: www.facebook/alyson.hockett

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