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 love the energy and excitement for every race I’ve run. I have a strong passion for an active lifestyle, and chronic illness prevention. I can’t wait to experience this race that can impact the lives of our next generation!
Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I don’t have a favorite place to run, but every run with my younger sister Nicky is my favorite. We can run for hours and just enjoy each other’s company. If I’m with her, the scenery takes second place!
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I love listening to upbeat, hip hop music. I do, however, love any Fitz and the Tantrum song!
What is your favorite post-run meal?
My sister and I love to indulge after a run. We usually enjoy a large brunch, or if it’s in the afternoon some cookie dough for dessert!
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running started in college. I played soccer, and my endurance came easy for many years, but as I got older I realized I needed to work on it outside of practice. I started out with very short distances, and picked it up as the years went on. I started doing destination runs because it’s such a great way to see the city. I also enjoy clearing my mind, or calling family and friends to catch up. Running is the most free sport one can do, it’s on my own schedule, and I can go at my own pace. My mood on the weekend is usually determined by a good run!
Do you have pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I don’t have any rituals, but I love to treat myself to a new running outfit :).
Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
I love the Team for Kids mission. I believe that preventive health starts when we’re young, and I think getting children active at a young age creates good habits. Also, I have taken my life for granted, and I didn’t even realize that PE as a subject was a luxury. I think the involvement in the schools and communities is so important for children, and families. I am so excited to be a part of this community. I can’t wait to learn about more stories in the process.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I recently moved to New York from Kansas City. I moved here with my husband right after we got married and have loved our adventure. We are small city people, but we’re learning to navigate through New York! I think running around the city has helped me learn about so many things, and I love the culture throughout each borough. I can’t wait to meet more and more people in the community!