We're shining a special spotlight on our 2017 TCS New York City Marathon SoleMate, Danielle Vereb! Danielle is a mother of two, and running her third marathon for Girls on the Run NYC & NJ North.
Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
I always thought how amazing it would be to have the opportunity to run in the NYC marathon. The opportunity came, and it is such a wonderful opportunity to fundraise and support these young girls! I feel so blessed!
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
It means so much! I'm so happy and honored to be a positive role model and support system for our youth.
Tell us about your marathon history:
I ran the Philly Marathon when I was 29, NJ Marathon when I was 43, and when I run NYC, I will be 44.
What is your favorite place to run?
Since we have two small boys, and work and life schedules are crazy, I'm a bit limited. Usually I run right out my front door - same routes sometimes, but also just set out randomly. I like the adventure of not knowing. My husband is supportive and will come get me if needed.
And your favorite time of day to run?
Usually earlier in the day because it's so hot right now. It doesn't always work that way. Also, I do sometimes have to take a child or tow with me (they are 4 and 7, and not so light anymore).
Favorite post-run snack/meal?
Depends, usually takes a while for my stomach to settle. If I had to say, Wasa crackers with PB and a protein shake or juice protein shake.
Tell us about your jams! Favorite pump-up running song?
I don't usually listen to music, I kind of enjoy the silence. Although on long runs, either The Doors, The Rolling Stones, or the Moby station on Pandora.
When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
I do think of the heartache that has occurred in my life, it does motivate me to push thru and be stronger. I also think of tragedy in general, or even someone that struggles physically or mentally. I realize how lucky I am to be physically and mentally fit. I am very grateful for that!
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I ran a bit of track in high school, and ran a bit in my 20's. At the start of my fitness career I decided to run a marathon (Philly) in honor of my grandma who could barely walk due to arthritis in both knees. I then started to train, running 1 mile and raising about $3,000 to support the Arthritis Foundation. Running has helped me heal my mind in many ways, and has kept me focused through the years! It's all history from there.
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
I'm a fitness trainer, yoga & pilates instructor. I weight lift (full body) two days a week at least and pilates/hot yoga one day a week each on top of training and the classes I teach for work. We have been hiking with the boys too since they are getting a little bigger now; we love incorporating nature into our lives - it brings grounding & peace.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
We enjoy camping, and most outdoor activities.
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
You can do and be whatever you put you're energy towards! Always have faith and focus!
Any fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates?
I printed out cards and flyers with my picture, link, and a short description of my venture.
Thank you for all your support of Girls on the Run, Danielle! If you want to donate to Danielle's fundraising efforts, click here.