SoleMate Spotlight: Molly Fitzgerald

Today we are shining the spotlight on Molly Fitzgerald, one of our SoleMates for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon!

Why Girls on the Run? I love the way Girls on the Run uses running—one of the most accessible forms of exercise—to help middle schoolers build confidence and self-esteem. Running has helped me push the boundaries of what I think I am capable of, and I am so glad to be able to support an organization that is teaching girls how to challenge themselves in such a supportive environment.

Is this your first marathon? Yup! Until fairly recently running a marathon was not something I ever thought I would try to do. I am still pretty intimidated by it, but I am three weeks into training now and it is going pretty well so far.

Favorite place to run? Central Park. I absolutely LOVE being there. The air feels cooler and cleaner than anywhere else in the City, and it is beautiful all year long. Sometimes I even believe it has the power to make me run faster! I feel so lucky to live less than a mile from the 110th Street entrances.

Favorite time of day to run? During the week I prefer to run in the evening, just before the sun goes down. It is always great to catch the sunset on the way home. On weekends I like mid-morning runs. I don’t love getting up super early, but do enjoy getting out there before lunchtime rolls around.

Favorite post-run snack/meal? Chocolate milk. It is delicious and supports muscle recovery (check out the proof!). But after the chocolate milk, once I’ve showered and rested up, nothing beats a good burger.

Favorite running accessory? Since I am writing this while it is very hot out, I have to say my handheld water bottle, which also has a nice little zipper compartment for my Shot Bloks (yum!).

Group or solo run? Both. I run with Harlem Run once or two a week, and would never do my speed work without the group But I also run with my boyfriend, friends, and alone, and all of them are great at different times.

What shoes do you run in? Saucony Guide. I have been through the 7s and 8s, and now have the 9s. They are supportive but still light, and they are pretty spot on with the color choices!

Favorite non-running activity? Baking, walking and eating around NYC, and loving all animals, especially this one!

Farthest distance you’ve run? 14 miles, which was 13 while training for a half marathon plus a little warm up and cool down. The answer to this question is going to change pretty soon though ☺

Inspirational Quote/Words to Live By? “Be not simply good, be good for something.”- Henry David Thoreau

What’s your Myers-Briggs? ISFJ. That’s Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging. I just read the Wikipedia article and it is funny how spot on this is.

Thank you, Molly, for contributing so much to Team Girls on the Run! You can support Molly's fundraising efforts by visiting her virtual fundraising campaign here. You can also follow Molly's journey on Instagram.