Member Spotlight: Rebecca Carlson

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Last year I was planning on running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half with Team for Kids, but got injured and couldn’t run. I had acute tendonitis in my ankle and had to wear a boot for over a month, which caused atrophy and threw off my balance. It took my months of physical therapy to get everything going again. This year, I’m excited to finally conquer the race.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running this 10-mile loop from Greenpoint down Kent Ave, over the Williamsburg Bridge, up 1st Ave, across the Queensborough Bridge, through Queens and over the Pulaski Bridge. It’s mostly flat and allows amazing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Roosevelt Island. You also run past the United Nations Building in Manhattan.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I heard that listening to songs that you have an emotional attachment to motivate you to run faster. The playlist I listened to during my last run had The Walkmen, Beck, Charli XCX, and other songs that reminded me of happy memories.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I make my own version of huevos rancheros / veggie hash with black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, brown rice, zucchini, leafy greens, salsa, avocado, and two eggs over easy. It’s hearty but healthy. After a very long run, I usually need to drink some coconut water to get rehydrated quickly.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I wasn’t great at running growing up. My sisters loved doing it and would encourage me to run races with them, but I always slacked off on training. I liked dancing, lifting weights, and other forms of cardio that could keep my attention. Once I moved to NYC, however, I found that running allowed me to have a quiet mind and explore parts of neighborhoods I would see if I took the subway. It was also great to challenge myself and reach certain milestones: running three miles without stopping, running six, then ten, etc.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I try to stretch out as much possible beforehand (I never stretch enough after my runs during training!) During my last race, my boyfriend decided to come out to support me and wait at the finish line. Knowing that he was waiting there kept me going and I will definitely make sure he is at the next race.

Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
Exercising and being active should be seen as a way to treat yourself. The best way to start is to build the habit when you’re young.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I work in marketing and running allows me to unwind after a hectic day of work. Along with running, I also do love lifting weights, road cycling, and doing yoga. The only thing I don’t like about training for a race is that I can’t fit in everything I’d like to do in a given week. I try to do races in the spring and fall, and leave the summer to do fun, outdoor activities. During the winter, I’m usually hopeless.

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