SoleMate Spotlight - 2018 NYC Half-Marathon: Meghan

Today we're shining a spotlight on Meghan, a SoleMate who's running in the Half Marathon while also raising funds for GOTR programming! Meghan, we are excited to see you at the Half Marathon and grateful for your support to help us reach more girls!

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Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Half Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
While I have run many races, I had never run one with a charity partner. I wanted to find a way to give back to a cause I find important.

What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
Helping girls find confidence is so important and speaking from personal experience, I know how valuable a role exercise can play in shaping a successful future for yourself. 

Is this your first marathon? If no, how many have you run?
This is my comeback half-marathon. I've been injured for the last few years, but the NYC Half will mark my 8th half marathon. I've also run four full marathons. 

Favorite place to run?
Anywhere near the water! 

Favorite time of day to run?
I am hands down a morning person. I feel so much better starting my day with a run. 

Favorite post-run snack/meal?
Usually a turkey sandwich with extra pickles. 

Favorite running accessory?
My Garmin. I love seeing all of the stats from my runs. 

Favorite pump-up running song?
Live Your Life by T.I. and Rihanna

Group or solo run?
While I love to clear my mind with a solo run, group runs are an amazing way to make new friends and push your pace. 

When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
That immense sense of satisfaction you get when finishing something you set out to accomplish. 

Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I never ever, ever, ever thought I would be a "runner." Growing up, I thought I hated physical activity and I did not really exercise regularly until I was well into my 20s! I used to watch the NYC Marathon from my apartment every year and found it incredibly inspiring. I started by running a few miles at a time, hoping to just build up to a 5K. But I had an amazing friend who encouraged me to keep going. "If you can run three miles, you can run six miles!" she always used to say. And sure enough, I caught the running bug some where along the way and six turned into 12, 12 into 26.2. I draw the line there, though!

What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
I love just about any form of exercise, particularly spinning and barre, so I try to do that also a few times a week. 

Any other fun facts you want to share?
My first official race was the Mini 10K, the world's original women's only race! 

What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
If I can do it, you can do it! I think to myself every day about how far I've come and how much I have accomplished through running. 

Any fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates?
Sharing a personal story or connection to the cause is incredibly important and goes a long way!

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

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