I am SUPER excited about this week’s spotlight. I look up to so many runner’s for any number of things and this gal is no different. She is not only a runner – who by the way is so close to hitting 1000 miles for the year!! – but she is also a WW leader. She lost 63 pounds on the program and now she inspires people in her own meeting’s. She is a joy to follow on Facebook and Twitter, so motivational for both running and weight loss. Say hi to Dani!
When did you start running? I started with 1/2 a mile on the treadmill in January 2005. Then each week I would try and add a 1/4 mile to it so before I knew it I ran my first 5k in March 2005. My first half was in February 2006 and my first full in September 2006. I owe a lot to my dad who was running before me as my inspiration and coach. He ran all my first races right along side me!
Who or what inspires you to run? The first person was my dad. He was a runner when I was growing up so having him along the way the first go around at picking up running was HUGE. He did training runs with me and so many of my first races – right by my side no matter how slow I ran. Now once I took up social media, I have found an entire group of people to inspire me from #runchat to #teamrefuel to #rundisney (plus so many more) – there are always people showing me that there is more and more for me to accomplish!!
What is your favorite running mantra? I have been using the same one since 2011: “Finish What You Started.” I liked it so much I got it tattooed on my foot.
What is your favorite running or fitness blog? You mean besides my own? 😉 Ahhh there are so many, but I never miss a post from Michele at NYC Running Mama!
What is the first race you ever ran? It was the Rás na hÉireann U.S.A. 5Km in March 2005.
Name one thing you learned from your first race? That I was stronger than I thought I was. I always hated running so I never thought I would run 1/2 a mile let alone 3.1 … in a row … without stopping!
What are you currently training for? I am training for the Dopey Challenge at Disney January 9-12, 2014 … that is 4 races in 4 days totaling 48.6 miles (5k, 10k, Half, Full).
What one piece of running gear you cannot live without? Easy my Sparkly Soul headband – I never go for a run or workout without one.
Share one piece of advice to new runners… Sorry I have to break the rules and do two: #1 Have fun. Don’t get wrapped up in pacing and finish times. Enjoy the journey. #2 Get fitted for proper running shoes. Go to a professional running store. It will help you avoid injury!
And for fun… What do you like to do besides run? In terms of exercise, I love to Spin and have dates on the Stairmaster with my best friend. Outside of the workout world, I love to explore new England with my wife and two pups. It is great being close to many coastal towns to check out during the summer. I also love just relaxing in bed watching TV shows on Netflix, etc. Oh yeah … and beer! Of course!
Be sure to visit Dani here…
If you have any questions or comments for Dani, please leave a comment. I hope you’ll also visit her blog and leave her some love as well!