1. Why did you start running?
I started running the summer of 2015. Originally I started because I wanted to loose weight and, having just had two kids back to back(ish), there was plenty to lose. I never expected to fall in love with it.
2. What motivates you to keep running?
Early on in my running life, I signed up for my first official 5k. It was a lofty goal for me at the time, but I felt having the goal was important. I quickly realized that as a runner, it is the goals we give ourselves (big and small) that keep us moving forward. Today my running motivation comes from both the love of the sport and the drive to see what else I’m capable of.
3. What is your favourite distance and why?
My favorite race distance is for sure the 5k. It’s a race I’ve done many many times, and the one I feel most comfortable pushing the limits on. For me, the 5k is where I’ve seen the most significant growth as a runner (30+ minutes down to my current PR of 23:50)
4. Tell me about your most memorable race.
My most memorable race is my first (and only) full marathon – 2017 NYC Marathon. There is truly nothing in the world like running 26.2 miles in the city you grew up loving (I live in Westchester, and hour north of NYC). From the efforts I put forth in training to crossing the line and getting that medal…I loved EVERY step of the journey. My most favorite moment was the start on the BIG, BOLD Verrazano Bridge. If you’re a marathon runner and haven’t gotten to NYC yet, I encourage you to add it to your running bucket list.
5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?
Million percent learned I’m capable of way more than I ever thought possible training for NYC. Learned the significance of mental strength as a runner, when you believe it, you achieve it.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Best advice to date has to be to learn to run the mile you’re in and to stick the pace during your races. It’s so easy to get caught up in race time excitement and go out too fast leaving minimal fuel in your tank. Know your goal pace for your race, and run one mile at a time.
Thanks for reading,