SoleMate Spotlight - 2017 NYC Marathon: Casey Monroe

We're shining a special spotlight on our 2017 TCS New York City Marathon SoleMate, Casey Monroe! We are excited that Casey, a Pittsburgh, PA, resident and mother, has chosen to run her 17th marathon with Girls on the Run.

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Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?

I've been a mentor with Girls on the Run Pittsburgh and Girls on the Run of the Triangle and have enjoyed my experiences running with young girls. I got into running very early in my life (I ran my first 5k at four-years-old) because my parents are long-time marathon runners. Running has always served as a place of peace and comfort to me. I'm happy to make a small contribution to GOTR NYC to help provide a structured, uplifting, and meaningful experience to young girls. [Editor's note: You are making a BIG contribution to us! Thank you!]

What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you? 
To me, it means GIRLS ROCK. It's so important to feel empowered and confident as a young girl. Running has always instilled confidence in me.

Tell us about your marathon history:
I have run 16 marathons. 

Favorite place to run?
Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, PA.

Favorite time of day to run?
Early in the morning (5 am...I have a 16 month-old!)

Favorite post-run snack/meal?
Coffee! I know, I know...not the ideal post-run snack, but I dream about a nice hot cup of coffee after each run (even when it's the dead middle of summer!)

Favorite running accessory?
iPod shuffle (old-school)

Favorite pump-up running song?
Eye of the Tiger

Group or solo run?
Running with my husband. We are high school sweethearts and met freshman year on our high school's cross-country team. We have been running 5k's, 10k's, half-marathons, and marathons together for 15 years.

What shoes do you run in?
Saucony Kinvaras

When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
I'm not a quitter. I'm very competitive, mainly with myself. I know that I can keep going. Mind over matter.

Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I started running with my parents around four-years-old, quit the high school soccer team freshman year to join cross-country (where I met my husband), ran my first marathon at 17, and have continued to run 3-4 times a week ever since. I'm running the NYC Marathon with my best friend Heidi (this will be her second marathon!). 

What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?

I try to do core every day (it's so hard!) and lift weights on off-running days.

Any other fun facts you want to share?
I have a beautiful and sassy 16-month-old daughter (Avery Millie), a seven-year-old pup (Sid), and an unbelievably supportive husband (Charley). I am a UNC alum (Go Heels!), social worker by training, and work in women's health across the state of Pennsylvania. 

What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
Dream big. 

Any fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates?
Mention your fundraising efforts at the gym! Fellow hardcore gym rats and long-time runners have been very generous to me. They get it!

Thank you for all your support of Girls on the Run, Casey! If you want to donate to Casey's fundraising efforts, click here.