Member Spotlight: Rebecca Grace De Chellis

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 TCS NYC Marathon! This will be my second marathon and my first event with Team for Kids.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I currently live in Brookline, MA and my favorite place to run is along the Charles River. I tend to plan most of my runs along the this loop because of its awesome views of Boston. I also love this route because it is the perfect distance for my run-commute home from work.  Before saying anything else, let me make two things clear…yes, I run home from work to avoid taking the MBTA and no, I do not run home in my work clothes (for some odd reason, everyone always assumes this). For anyone who has never tried running your commute, I highly recommend it!! It is the perfect way to clear your head and de-stress from the craziness of the day.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
The type of music I listen to on my run really depends on my mood and ability to update my Spotify playlist. This ranges from Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I am pretty boring when it comes to post-run meals. They definitely involve something with peanut butter because I am an absolute peanut butter addict! If I am coming off of a super long run, I usually include chocolate milk and a cinnamon raisin bagel. I must say, the pre-race carb loading is my favorite part of “training” because I am from New Jersey and am an absolute bagel snob.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I was pretty active in both high school and college, but never really considered myself a runner.  During my junior year of college, my grandfather passed away and as a means to cope I took to the gym. One of the things he always said was to be somebody. So in the spirit of those words, I began to challenge myself by signing up for 5K’s and obstacle based races because I feared long-distances. This was until the day I vividly remember being at the gym watching the NYC Half Marathon…  Something in me snapped and I had my sights on running a half. Later that fall, I completed the BAA Half Marathon and I began to think about attempting a marathon. In 2015, I decided to take on the ultimate challenge by entering the lottery for the TCS NYC Marathon and (by sheer luck) was selected. Running and finishing the marathon in 2015, was by far one of the most humbling experiences and put so many things into perspective for me.  It provided me with closure, gave me the confidence to call myself a runner, and really affirmed that with a ton of work I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. With that said, it has been an amazing run and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I have two pre-race rituals/superstitions. In the week leading up to a race/during a race I wear a red bandana around my left wrist. I also must must must eat a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter on race morning.  I am not entirely sure why/when both of these superstitions started, but they are both a must on race day.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I chose to run the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon with Team for Kids because I absolutely love this race and I was looking for a way to pay it forward. Team for Kids provides it’s members with an overwhelming amount of support during training and the marathon and I wanted to become part of this awesome running community. Raising these funds for Team for Kids is insanely important to me as they fuel programs that get kids active and prevent childhood obesity.  This hits close to home for me because I struggled with weight issues throughout my childhood and was found to be pre-diabetic at a young age. I struggled with self-image for quite some time, but once I became active and later picked up running I have been able to stay on track.

Also, one of the things that fueled me to the finish line during the marathon in 2015, was feeling like a rockstar from giving high fives to kids all across the five boroughs. I chose to run for Team for Kids as a way to pay it forward and raise funds that will go towards providing someone the opportunity to fall in love with running (and who knows maybe they will run the NYC Marathon someday).

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a law student, a die-hard Yankees fan and am obsessed with country music.  I love to run in my “spare time” because it allows me to clear my head and find a balance between school/life.

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