Home State: Long Beach, NY
BAR: When (and why)did you start running?
CM: I used to run with my dad when I was about 5 years old, then I stopped. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17 years old and I started once again.
BAR: Why do you run now? What motivates you? :
CM: I run now because it makes me feel good. I think the kick I needed to kick it back into high gear was the birth of my daughter. I had gotten sick after her birth and had to go to the hospital. I also knew that I had physical standards to maintain for my job. So I signed up for virtual races and set goals for myself to beat monthly. Also, my friends keep me accountable. For instance, I now have a new friend; his name is Maverick.
Longest race : Diva’s ½ Marathon, Myrtle Beach SC
Hardest course: I haven’t encountered one yet. I run in mostly flat ground with the occasional small hill. Eventually I want to do a Ragnar.
Hardest race for you: The ½ marathon. The farthest I had run before that was 7 miles and that was only a couple of times. By mile 10 I had started to get stiches and serious doubts about whether I was going to cross the finish line.
Favorite race (location / dates in case people would like to try it) : So far? The Warrior Dash in Huntersville, NC (June 6th, 2015). It was so much fun, I went with 3 friends and we were team “Fit & Feisty”. We helped one another out and finished together. I also liked the Diva’s ½. I saw a lot of pretty houses I liked along the route, plus my husband was taking pictures at every mile so it was cool.
BAR: What are your favorite and least favorite distances, and why
CM: My favorites are 5K’s, they are quick and easy. Not much of a mental block for me. I am still trying to work up the courage to attempt to do a marathon, we shall see.
BAR: You run more in the morning than any other time. Was it hard to establish that routine? What advice do you have for others who’d like to get an earlier, faster start?
CM: Other than leaving my nice warm bed and my cat Dora (she is my little spoon) it is not hard for me to get up early in the morning. I wake up at 4 and start my runs at 04:50-ish. I know that if I don’t get it done in the mornings it won’t happen that day. I go to work, come home, do homework, kids etc… so it’s hard. The mornings are my “me” time.
PRS: 5k: 24:20 / 10K : 55:15 / 1/2 : 2:05:19
BAR: I see you in pictures with other runners / walkers often. Can you tell us a little bit about them? What other runners, professionals, friends, etc. inspire you and why? Do you like races, or do you prefer just running on your own?
CM: When I first started running again, I kept seeing pictures of Mari Merchant and Sherri Morgan, then Jamila Williams started popping up those ladies along with Lisa Davis were becoming my “She-ra’s” and kept me moving. Katrina Gay kept me motivated through her monthly challenges. I like to do “running” races by myself; I try to beat my times constantly and this allows me to stay competitive with myself. Obstacle and mud races I enjoy doing with friends because we help each other out and is just for fun, not timed.
BAR: What are your bucket-list goals as a runner, this year and beyond?
CM: I promised myself to hit 1000 miles this year. A marathon and a Ragnar are in my distant future. I want to run more races, I am addicted to bling!! Oh and to have abs hahaha.
BAR: Do you have a favorite pair of shoes, or brand of shoes?
CM: Why? Yes! I was fitted for Saucony pro grid guide 3. I am now up to the guides # 8. I tried to get refitted and see if I could possibly try other brands but I got scared. I don’t want to jinx myself.
BAR: Is there any other gear you consider essential? Do you recommend one over another? Are there brands / items you’d like to try?
CM: I have recently acquired a flipbelt to put my keys and phone. Also, since I run when it is dark I wear a glow belt with a knife and carry mace in my hands. (Hey, you never know)
BAR: What apps / GPS equipment do you use? Are there others you’d like to try?
CM: Mari Merchant recommended the Garmin Forerunner 220 and I don’t ever run without it.
BAR: Any advice for runners trying to catch up and keep up?
CM: Don’t quit, everyone always has their bad days. Don’t expect overnight results. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t forget how long it took to put the pounds ON; more than likely it will take about to same to take OFF. Find other runner friends to lean on, and let them lean on you in turn. I belong to different running groups and they support me as much as I support them, I am friends with some of them even though we’ve never met in person.