City/Town of Residence: South Kingstown
Occupation: Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer
Your sport of fitness activity: Running
Recent events you have competed in: Blessing of the Fleet 10 mile 2014, West Warwick Labor Day 5k, Perspectives 5k, Providence Urban Dare challenge. Parkinsons 5k in Goddard park which took place today. I was the first female overall winner in the past 3 races I have competed in.
Events you are training for: All Fall/ Winter 5ks/ 10ks. Mews Tavern Beer N gear 6.9k 2014, Performance PT 5k, Stephen Marra 5k, East Greenwich Turkey Trot 5k
What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: Having accumulated over 60 first place female division local 5k, 5 mile, 10k races in the past 12 years since beginning my running career. Each race I enter and place first female in my age division and/ or overall I am inspired to continue training, getting faster and loving the sport at the same time! Failure is not an option. I love being a role model for others in the community.
What motivates you?: This quote “But what If I fall? ….Oh my Darling, but what if you fly?” Entering any competition is scary because there is a possibility of failure. FEEL the fear….and do it anyways!
Best local eats: Pick pockets- Wakefield, RI. Matunuck Oyster Bar. Who doesn’t like sitting on the water on a Summer night in Matunuck? Great, fresh food!
Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Jillian Michaels. I saw her twice on her “Maximize your life” tour in NYC and Providence. She is inspiring in 3 domains of life: nutrition, exercise, and self (the most important)!
What’s on your nightstand?: gallon of water, vitamin water zero, shape magazine, my retainers..haha (can’t have your teeth shifting!)
Favorite cheat meal/snack: Hersheys dark chocolate nuggets melted on rye bread, slathered with almond butter, with sliced up strawberries in the middle. With a glass of cold low fat milk. Delicious sandwich. (Sometimes I’ll make 2)
What do you like to do in your down time?: Use the foam roller to massage all my muscles (hurts so good), Go out to Newport with friends and get my groove on to some live music (preferably 80s), Travel- 3x a year I like to escape Rhode Island. My favorite destinations are California and Florida, both of which have great running routes and a change of scenery.
Best thing about living in RI: Summer, summer, summer in the Ocean State! I enjoy every thing about the heat. June- August Summer nights in Newport and Narragansett. Being outside in the evenings with friends and listening to live music. There is simply more to do and everyone is glowing and happy. I also enjoy getting a great sweat on while running outside in the 80-90 degree weather. The Annual Blessing of the Fleet 10 mile road race and festival is my favorite part of the year. The entire community shows up and the crowd support along the 10 mile route is incredible. Giving kids high fives, multiple water stations, people cheering, people spraying you with their hoses, playing music from their homes. It is high energy and a great time!
One thing people don’t know about you: I stuff hand warmers down my pants! I hate the cold weather and being an avid runner, I have a low body fat percentage (even though I eat like a bodybuilder). During the winter months, I will purchase hand warmers in bulk and use one per day to stuff down my pants pressed against my abdomen. The heat soothes my soul! It can be embarrassing when they slide down your pants out of your pant leg though. People wonder what is falling out of your pants. ????
Favorite quote: I have two: 1. “But what If I fall? ….Oh my Darling, but what if you fly?” This quote gives you a perspective on things and makes you envision the feeling of accomplishing your goal!
- Feel the fear…and DO IT ANYWAYS!! Entering any competition is scary because there is a possibility of failure. Just do it anyways and hope for the best.
Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Keep some sort of fitness journal/ diary where you track your daily food and water intake, supplement intake, mood during your workout, workout time of day and length, and workout routine. Weigh yourself once per week and document in your journal. This will keep you honest and in a few years you will have this journal to look back on to see how you have progressed and changed, what has worked for you and what has not worked.