What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The TCS New York City Marathon!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Monterey, CA and my absolute favorite place to run is along our beautiful coastline. With breathtaking views, clean air and a few whale sightings you can’t go wrong!
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I run with and without music. When I do use the headphones I like to listen to up beat dance music and catchy songs that make me want to MOVE! (Katy Perry, Nikki Minaj, Madonna, Jesse J, Kelly Clarkson, David Guettta)
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I LOVE a grass fed hamburger on a whole wheat bun after a major long run (13 miles or more).
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began in 2010. I had just recovered from 2 major back surgeries and was completely depressed. I was overweight, not eating right and couldn’t get motivated out of fear of hurting my back again. A close friend convinced me to run a 5K with her so I did it. After crossing the finish line for the first time I was hooked! I haven’t stopped running since!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Yes…the night before any race I always place 2 different outfits out to choose from in the morning (for warm or cold weather). I also wake up a little early so I can make oatmeal with peanut butter and strawberries (my go-to pre-race meal).
Why did you choose to run this event?
I chose to run this event because it’s been on my bucket list since I started running. I also chose to run with TFK because I can’t have any children of my own due to my back injuries so I wanted to find a way to give back and help kids be healthy, happy and goal oriented. After all…these are our future leaders!
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am married to an amazing chef. We have two 4 legged children, Capone (the dog) and Lily (the cat). I work in healthcare as an Assistant Director over Cardiovascular services and volunteer coach girls cross country at a local high school. I love to eat and cook healthy, organic food and visit our beautiful wine country every chance I can get.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am most excited about the possibility of changing the way kids think about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Running has changed my life and made me a more focused and goal oriented person. I think if just one child can change their habits then the world will be one step closer to a better place. Happy healthy people make for a more productive society.
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