What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half with New York Road Runners Team for Kids!
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I’m really excited to have a more meaningful reason to run. Being surrounded by a community of people working together makes the challenge of a race so rewarding.
Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My go-to route is along the West Side highway, which is a great place to run because there’s so much to see. I love to make it all the way around Battery Park City and up to the Brooklyn Bridge—it’s the perfect mini-tour of NYC and a great reminder about the incredible city I live in.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I mostly run with top 40 hits, but every once in a while I love a good old-school Kelly Clarkson song to motivate me during a tough stretch. I let Spotify take the reins on the playlist—they do a much better job than I could!
What is your favorite post-run meal?
If you offer me pizza post-run, I wouldn’t be disappointed 🙂 But more typically I grab a protein bar and call it a day.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I began running for the physical challenge in college, but it turned into a bigger mental exercise for me. I needed an opportunity to get my mind off everything and running provided that (and kept me in shape!)
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t—I try to focus on why I’m running the race but also remind myself to have fun.
Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
I have experienced firsthand the power of running in keeping your life on track, and I think NYRR Team for Kids offers invaluable support and a focus on health. I am lucky to be able to run, so I want to be sure my runs mean something.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’ve lived in New York for about 2 years now (originally from the Midwest) and work in social media. I love to travel—last trip was to Aruba, next will be to Tokyo! I spend most of my free time in various workout classes, reading, or eating/making dessert.