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“Obsession is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated.” I love this quote because it speaks volumes about what you’re capable of it you want something bad enough. People say it isn’t possible to get to the gym, they don’t have time, they don’t have money. Baloney. Everything is possible if you want it bad enough.
Why do you run?
I run for sanity. I run for vanity. I run to better myself and I run because it’s the one thing that’s mine and mine alone. I started to train for distance when I moved away for a summer internship. I didn’t know anyone local and running kept my mind off missing home. I made new friends at the local running club and found a passion and love that I didn’t know existed–even in the Atlanta heat. When my husband (then boyfriend) spent a month in the ICU after a fire, running helped me cope with the stress. Now that I’m working full-time at a desk job, running keeps me fit because it’s something I can do anywhere and any time. I ran my first half marathon that October 2011 and have since run five more, a Ragnar and a 10-miler.
Favorite place to run:
I love public parks (Central Park in NYC, Piedmont in Atlanta) but I’m really loving Greenway/Rails to Trails projects that are popping up all over the country. Here in Clarksville, Tenn. we have the Clarksville Greenway. It’s beautiful year-round and is my favorite place to run in town. Back home in Orlando, I love running Lake Eola downtown. When visiting my family in NYC, the High Line, another converted rail bed is a favorite. I also love running while traveling. A good out and back makes for great sightseeing.
Running gear you can not live without:
I love my Yurbuds but caramel macchiato Gu has to be the best invention/creation ever. I tried it for the Army Ten Miler and it’s not my go-to fuel.
When not running where would we find you?
At my desk (unfortunate) or at Screaming Eagle CrossFit. I love my job and my box but only the latter keeps me active. I also enjoy barre for cross training and the occasional Zumba class.
Favorite post race fuel:
Gourmet cupcakes. Always.
Song you want to hear at the finish line:
Move B (Get out the Way) by Ludacris. Or pretty much anything by Ludacris. Seriously, that song just screams running and gets me through the last mile every time. If it doesn’t get you moving I’m not sure what will.