Today we shine the spotlight on Carissa Schrieber! Carissa will run/walk/skip the Girls on the Run end-of-season 5k and raise funds to support participants in our program!
Why did you decide to become a Superhero Runner for the Spring 5k and fundraise to support Girls on the Run?
I've been working with GOTR since college, where I was a Gamma Phi Beta sister. When I moved to New York, I didn't know many people, so GOTR was a great way for me to join a community and be productive at the same time. Working with the program has actually inspired me to re-introduce myself to fitness and working out, so the 5k ended up being both a fitness goal and a fundraising goal for me.
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
For me, Girls on the Run is all about empowering young women and giving them actual tools to accomplish goals. While there are a lot of wonderful movements and messages supporting the fact that girls can do anything they want to do, the Girls on the Run program puts that into action. I think giving the girls a concrete goal and showing them how to reach it helps build a positive and productive mindset for everything they go on to do. My two young sisters are both very confident, and I love that we can spread that attitude.
What do you think makes someone a Superhero?
As someone who's into comics, I have so many answers to this! But the most important quality for a real-life superhero, I think, is simply being a reliable force of good. From teachers to police officers to activists, there are so many people who work tirelessly to make the world better in some way.
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I only recently got into running, mostly due to my work with GOTR and my unwillingness to pay for a gym membership in the city. The thing I really have come to appreciate about running is how conducive it is to setting concrete goals. It's easy to see your progress and that helps keep me motivated.
What do you do to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
For me, occasional self-indulgence is the key to both my physical and mental health. While I love a lot of healthy foods and activities, sometimes I just need to get that chocolate cake or spend an entire Saturday on the couch (or both). It's easier for me to make healthy choices when I do feel like they are choices rather than obligations.
Any fun facts you want to share?
My home life revolves around my sweet cat, Minerva (although she always looks at me funny when I come back from a run).
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl participating in her first 5k?
You have worked hard to get here, and you made it! When you hit that finish line, know that you have earned it--no one else could do it for you or give it to you. It's an accomplishment that belongs to you.
Thank you, Carissa! If you want to help with Carissa's fundraising efforts, click here.