What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half with Team for Kids!
What excites you most about running this event?
I’ve done the Airbnb Brooklyn half a couple times now and love the course- who doesn’t love finishing on the boardwalk?!
Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I’m in Upper Astoria, so it’s a perfect trek to cross the Triboro Bridge and run a loop or two of Randall’s Island. If I’m feeling extra adventurous, there is a pedestrian bridge off of Randall’s Island that also links the East River greenway down to the Queensboro Bridge. It’s the perfect loop for training for longer distances.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I find music to be distracting at this point in my running career, and I like to take in and enjoy my surroundings. I also like to stay as aware as possible on a run – I’m usually training with my youngest in the jogging stroller, so I need to stay “available”- multitasking at its best!
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Definitely a beer and a fat cheeseburger!
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started when my oldest child was one (he’s 6 now). We went to Boston to watch my brother cross the finish line. The energy level just in the crowd was overwhelmingly inspiring, I had to get a taste of it from the other side, as a runner. Running helped me shed any unwanted baby weight and also provides me with a little “me” time.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t like showing up too early. Just enough time to hit up the porta potties before lining up! Essentials!
Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
I had the pleasure of running with TFK in the TCS New York City Marathon in 2014. It was my first marathon and I cannot even begin to describe the jitters. Everyone in the organization was amazing, supportive, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful from the fundraising to the finish line. It made for a very awesome race experience.
This year’s Airbnb Brooklyn Half will be my second time running with Team For Kids and I don’t expect it to be any less exciting than the last – the organization is stellar! I’m working on getting Mighty Milers into my son’s school.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a mother of three in Astoria, Queens. I’m originally from Jekyll Island, Georgia, but NYC has been my home since 2005. When I’m not fielding grilled cheese sandwiches and apple slices, I try and get in my runs and work on my small side business of making dinosaur plush toys!