SoleMate Spotlight: Bernadette Rivosecchi

Today we are shining a spotlight on Bernadette Rivosecchi, a Girls on the Run NYC Coach and a 2017 NYC Half Marathon SoleMate!

Why did you decide to become a SoleMate and fundraise to support Girls on the Run NYC?
Last fall, I was a coach for Girls on the Run at a school on the Upper West Side. Girls on the Run's mission of empowering young girls through running really resonated with me. I wanted to continue to support the organization in 2017 and I thought becoming a SoleMate and fundraising for GOTR was a great way do so!

Why did you decide to sign up to run the NYC Half Marathon?
I've run the NYC Half Marathon before and it's one of my favorite races. There is nothing quite like running through Times Square. My best friend, Jamie, and I have run together for years. She was signed up for the NYC Half Marathon so I decided to run for charity so we could race together. 

What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
Running is basically my therapy. I know personally how much confidence and fun (!) it can bring you. That's why when I came across Girls on the Run, I not only related to the mission, but I wanted to help young girls have the same experience I have had. Given the current political environment, it's even more important that women are confident and strong. 

Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I started running a few years into my first job after college. The long hours coupled with poor eating habits was definitely taking its toll and I wanted to focus more on my health. When I first started, I could barely run a mile! I still remember calling my Dad the first time I completed 2 miles. From there, I really caught the running bug. I've run the NYC marathon three times...and I plan to run it this year as well (if I broadcast it on the Girls on the Run blog, I have to do it, right?!).

Favorite post-run snack?
This is easy: chocolate milk.

Favorite place to run in NYC?
There are so many places that I love to run in NYC. I live in the West Village, so a lot of my running is on the West Side Highway. One of my favorite long run routes is down the West Side Highway, over the Brooklyn Bridge, back into Manhattan over the Manhattan Bridge and then home. Central Park is definitely up there though...

Favorite time of day to run?
In the last few years, I converted to a morning workout person. It's STILL hard, but I love completing a run before work.

Any other fun facts you want to share?
Last year while marathon training, I planned long runs around what/where I would eat afterwards. Highly recommend as a motivator!

Thanks, Bernadette! If you'd like to support Bernadette in her fundraising efforts, you can visit her fundraising page here.