Madeline and I have become friends via Instagram and I am so grateful! She has an infectious excitement about exercises and healthy living that caught my attention right away. She works as a PE teacher and I always think how much more fun PE would have been if I had a teacher like her as a kid. She is always a living testament for being strong and living weights to make you super fast.
How did you get started running?
I feel like a was phased into running by being phased out of college soccer. While I always ran to get in shape for soccer season and to clear my head, I didn’t get serious about it until after my two hour daily soccer practices in college were nothing but sweet memories. I have always craved exercise and competition, so running became that for me since it didn’t depend on having a team to play and I could push myself the same way I did playing sports in high school and college.
What is your favorite race memory?
Qualifying for the Bostom Marathon in March almost tops the list, but my favorite race is one that my entire family (7 members, 2 spouses, and one newborn) ran for my Dad on his 60th birthday! It was an absolute blast to have our whole family run and celebrate him! I actually won the 10k overall for the women and scored free Chickfila coupons for a year!! (icing on the cake)
When do you fit your training in? Morning, evening, ect?
I’m an early bird runner and weight-lifter. I have an active job (P.E. teacher) and if I were to wait until after school, my energy would not be at the level needed to train properly. I roll out of bed at 5 am, lace up the shoes and hit the gym, treadmill or road depending on the day!
What is your biggest piece of advice in staying injury free?
STRENGTH TRAIN. I am probably annoying with my love for weights, but when something keeps you injury free and increases your speed, it’s hard to deny. I have cut back significantly on my weekly mileage, upped my weights and circuits and have never felt as lean and tight as I do right now. I’ve also been able to significantly improve my speed workouts since lifting consistently.
What does a day of eating normally look like for you?
I count macros, so my intake of carbs, fats and proteins each day stays consistent while the foods themselves may change (although I am a creature of habit, so they don’t too much).
Breakfast- Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat mixed with a scoop of protein
Snack- Plain Greek Yogurt with added Stevia or fruit
Lunch- Grilled Chicken or Ground Turkey with roasted vegetables on top of a salad with nuts
Snack- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest bar or G2Go Protein Bar (peanut butter chocolate chip is heaven)
Dinner- Spaghetti Squash, roasted brussel sprouts, tomatoes, and mushrooms with chicken and cottage cheese
Snack- “Protein Ice Cream” (EVERY NIGHT, no matter how cold!) The recipe is on my blog and it doesn’t disappoint.
Lastly, what is your favorite running song at the moment?
Sure and Certain- Jimmy Eat World