Where do you live?
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?
During my first marathon, I was fortunate enough to have a good friend competing as well who pushed me to reach my dream of finishing a marathon. I am beyond excited to run with a group of passionate runners who not only have the common goal of finishing a race, but also are passionate about supporting and providing recreational opportunities for youth!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
We have 2 big lakes here in Madison, WI and my favorite path is a 12.67 mile track around the beautiful Lake Monona. You get to see the skyline from a new perspective, venture through a few beautiful parks and neighborhoods and you are constantly surrounded by fellow runners and bikers! It’s a great way to see the community and meet some fun people!
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My playlist consists of everything from Boston, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin to Luke Bryan, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and of course lots of Disney music! I like anything with a steady beat and that I can keep a pace to!
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Chocolate milk, a banana and shortly after PIZZA!
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running when I moved out of Florida to Wisconsin. I had never been so far from my family and wanted to find a hobby that kept me active and would allow me to connect to my community. One of the best parts about living in Madison is the passion for living an active lifestyle that is shared by most members of the community. I remember watching my dad train for 2 marathons when I was little and have walked a past his NYC finisher photo for years. The combination of being in a new city, wanting to feel connected and looking up to my dad drove me to start running 5Ks, which turned in to half marathons which has now evolved into a love for marathons and running for fun!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I must eat pasta with plain tomato sauce and LOTS of garlic bread no less than 18 hours before a race. I also listen to the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem as I start every race!
Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
Childhood obesity is an epidemic that is not only impacting the health of our youth, but also placing a huge limit on their potential. Being involved in recreational sports and activities gave me a tie to my community, kept me engaged and even promoted academic success. I promised myself that I would always find a purpose for every major task I take on. Running with TFK means I will have the privilege of running the NYC marathon and raising funds to support activities that made a world of difference in my own personal and social development. Children should be given the opportunity to discover and reach their full potential; Recreation and personal health are two factors that can present many healthy outlets for youth and can continue to help kids develop socially, physically and even academically.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, which means I specialize in working with individuals with various disabilities. I have a passion for mentoring and coaching and have found awesome opportunities for personal growth through Big Brothers/Big Sisters and coaching Girls on the Run. I am excited to be a young professional in a city that thrives on creativity, community and passion and look forward to pursuing my dreams of creating equal opportunity for education and employment for individuals with disabilities wherever I may go.
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