Member Spotlight: Linda Walsh

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Where do you live?
Baldwin

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
What excites me the most about running my event with Team for Kids is that I know that the money I am raising is going to a good cause. I happen to have had a hands on experience with a Team for Kids event at Icahn Stadium on June 15, 2016 with schools from all 5 boroughs running their own events. It was such a rewarding event and I will do it again next year. I also had the pleasure of meeting Michael Rodgers from NYRR, who is a great guy all around. Me and my friend Susan were asked to hold the banner at the finish line and we were very honored to do so. Let’s go Team for Kids!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is upstate New York near my summer home in Saratoga. I love the rolling hills and the scenery running around the lake. They have what they call turkey hill. I have done it multiple times and feel amazing when I hit the top because I know it’s downhill from there. I also run the Long Beach Boardwalk and listen to the waves hitting the shoreline.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I just listen to some old songs on my phone. I run with a partner and we normally talk and just have music in the background.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My post run meal is a banana, string cheese and a hard-boiled egg. I also drink chocolate milk as a reward, especially after a long run. Also some tart cherry juice.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship running started in October 2014. I was 55 years. I had lost my husband in Feb 2013. I let myself go to the dogs. I needed something to get me back on track. I joined WW, lost 40 lbs. and started running. I started with a 5K as a group run. After I was done I had this running high and decided that I loved what I just did. I did a 15K in Feb 2015. Did my first 1/2 marathon one year later in Oct of 2015. Just finished my 2nd 1/2 marathon in May 2016. I also have a very good running buddy who had kept me going when I wanted to quit. When she said that she wanted to do a Marathon I thought she as crazy. But I am looking forward to this experience. I will finish one way or another, whether it’s running, walking or crawling.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I always have a cup of coffee when I wake up. I eat a 1/2 of a salted bagel with Greek yogurt cream cheese and a little jam.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I chose to run this event with Team for Kids because obesity is on the rise and kids need to do more activities and get out from behind the TV and video games. Raising funds to support youth programs is important to me because growing up I did not have this chance, and I think that kids need more to do and get them off the streets.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am 57 years old and a single parent of a 21 year old. I am retired from Verizon after 30 years of service. I live on Long Island. I love to play Mahjongg and I bowl once a week. I also volunteer for a group supported by Verizon.

 

One thought on “Member Spotlight: Linda Walsh

  1. That’s my running buddy! And I am sure glad she is. We share lots of conversations and thoughts during the many collective hours we are together. It has made all the difference to share our running days and this marathon training experience with her. Yesterday, we did our 16 mile long run together. Having her right there keeps me putting one foot in front of the other – especially during those times when you’re just ready to stop! You gotta have a buddy. Who else could understand having your daily life consumed by training for a marathon and not getting sick and tried of hearing you talk about it? Go Linda!

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