What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The United Airlines NYC Half!
Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I love looping from East River park, though the Seaport and Staten Island ferry area, around to the west side promenade and then cutting back across somewhere below 23rd – the views can’t be beat, there are plenty of places to stop for water, and it’s the perfect distance for longer training runs
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I love Spotify Running these days, but Beyoncé is always a go to.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I like peanut butter with a banana and some chocolate almond milk. I’ll eat them separately or throw in the bullet with ice for a quick smoothie. I never feel like eating after, but I know I should, so it has to be something easy and tasty!
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began when I was in my early-mid 20’s. I had never felt like I ‘”could” run before, even as a child I could barely run the mile at school because I didn’t know how to pace myself. I read about and watched people running marathons and at first it made me feel bad – here people are running 26 miles and I can’t even run 1 – but then I decided to try to change it. I quietly signed up for a 5K without telling anyone and did a couch to 5K-type training schedule on the treadmill at the gym. The first time I ran 3.1 miles, outside, without stopping is one of my happiest memories and while I have taken hiatus’ here and there I haven’t stopped training for races since.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I like to eat the same thing before every race and long run – makes sense nutritionally, but it’s a HUGE mental thing for me as well.
Why did you choose to run this event?
What’s better than having the sounds of NYC as your cheerleader for 13 miles!?
Tell us a little more about yourself
I love my career in advertising, though it sometimes comes with long unpredictable hours. Because of this, making training time a priority has been the hardest part for me over the years (as I am NOT a morning person!) Once I started making the time for it (and yes, getting up early for a run here and there), I found that running provided a necessary stress relief and mental clarity that actually benefits me at work…TOTALLY worth it. Outside of working and running, I love to see live music, indulge in dinner and drinks with my amazing friends and daydream about dropping everything to travel for an extended period of time.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am excited to get to run the United Airlines NYC Half through the New York City streets, while rallying my friends and family to support both me in the run and children across the nation through their donations.
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