What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 Airbnb Brooklyn Half! This will be my seventh half marathon and my first event with Team for Kids!
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I listen to running music with a high tempo. It consists of many albums including the “Now That’s What I Call a Workout” series.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
My usual post-run meal is a smoothie with a banana, berries, spinach or kale, chia seeds, and protein powder. For my extra-long runs (10+ miles) I like to reward myself with a slice of cheese pizza and chocolate milk.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I began running in 4th or 5th grade, so I know the value of early running programs. I decided to run cross country and had never run before besides doing it for other sports. It was a surprise that my first year on the team I was named ‘most improved’ for all the women. I was a 5th grader in a team that was 5th-8th grade and was usually in the top three or four from my school. I ran with my cross country team for a few years.
An ankle injury and school sidetracked me from running, but a few years ago my post-collegiate lacrosse team and I planned to run a 200 mile relay. Many of the runners also signed up to run the Airbnb Brooklyn Half to help with training. My ankle was all better and I had always wanted to run a half marathon. I signed up and completed the Airbnb Brooklyn Half with great enthusiasm – I was hooked on running!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
For a while it was eating Chinese food the night before a big race, but I’ve changed it to cooking some mac and cheese or pasta with pesto. The night before I also lay out my clothes and gear to make sure I have everything. Then I take a photo of this setup. It is my “evaporated runner” photo.
I also have a charm on my running shoes that says “Do it”. It is in honor of my grandfather. When running gets tough I just think of him and his motto “do it”.
Why did you choose to run this event?
The Brooklyn Half in 2014 was my first half marathon and I ran the Airbnb Brooklyn Half in 2015 with a time I wasn’t happy with. I had to say yes to run it again in 2016. I hope to finally beat my time from 2014.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a picture book author and illustrator and spend much time working indoors. Running is a great escape for me and gives me a break from my work. I’m also a vegetarian and love to bake. I also snowboard, curl (the sport on ice), and play lacrosse.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I have volunteered for a few of the youth races that NYRR puts together. I also have volunteered twice for the sneaker distribution party. It is so fulfilling to see all the young athletes excited about running. It makes me happy that I can help them learn to love running and achieve their goals. I’m also excited to be part of a team for a great cause.