Member Spotlight: Candice Knuteson

 

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Where do you live?
Wauwatosa, WI

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The TCS New York City Marathon!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I don’t have many regrets in life, but one regret I do have is that as a kid I did not participate in any sports. I think now that I am so active in my community both at the gym and with my local Saturday morning running group I look back and wonder what I really missed out on by not being in sports when I was growing up. Being able to provide kids an opportunity to experience fitness and run with the support of an NYRR program means that these kids will not make the same mistake I made. This is very exciting. Running has been life altering for me so providing an opportunity like this for kids is an absolute game changer for those that may not have the support or resources.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place is anywhere that I haven’t run yet. I love to travel and run different places for the experience which is why NYC marathon has been on my to-do list now for 5 years. The top three locations I have run that I absolutely loved was Brisbane Australia, Moscow Russia, and Big Sur in California. I also have some great places on my list this year beside the NYC marathon including Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon this May and The Rut a mountain run held on Big Sky Resort property in September. This keeps me motivated.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Yes I am a runner that needs some music while I run. Artists include Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Eminem, Maroon 5, Eric Church, and Chris Stapleton. I have different genre playlists set up for different running events and notice that for the trail I tend to go more country and alternative whereas with road I tend to go more rock and hip-hop/rap.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I LOVE to eat, it is part of the reason I love running – the reward! On Saturday and Sunday after regular runs (10 miles or less) usually eggs or baked oatmeal with a good coffee. Longer runs especially during build up it is anything that is highly caloric that I have been craving. Could be duck, fried chicken, chicken wings, mac and cheese, stuffed burger, lasagna with buttery garlic bread, Ribeye steak…..man you name it.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It was 2009 is when I started running. I worked with a couple runners who needed a third person for Lakefront Marathon relay that October. I refused and stated that I wasn’t a runner but they assured me that I had plenty of time to become a runner (6 months) and they would help me. I had the first 7 miles of the 26.2 mile relay which was overwhelming. To tackle the challenge I signed up for a running class, learn how to run an 5K, at a local park where I started running with the walk run method and then that summer I started doing 5ks and then 10ks to build up my running confidence for the event. At the end of the event my friends husband bought me a Lakefront Marathon coffee mug and said next year Id being doing the marathon. I didn’t believe him but he was right. It was the last year of the Lakefront Marathon relay so I was grateful for that experience.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Not really, the normal stuff like don’t wear the race gear until after the race, don’t try anything new the day of, eat a bland meal the night before and get to bed early.

Why did you choose to run this event?
As I wrote above that running has been life altering for me. I didn’t run and I didn’t participate in any sports growing up. I now regret that. I am connected to TFK’s mission because teaching youth about physical fitness and having them experience its health benefits can help youth avoid health problems, it builds their self-esteem and confidence, helps develop interpersonal and motor skills, reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep, etc. In addition, it can help them to stay active throughout their lifetime and make better choices for their future.

Connect with Candice via the links below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/candwmn/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CandyPants_HD
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candice-knuteson-488a687
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candice.knuteson 

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