We're shining a special spotlight on our 2017 TCS New York City Marathon SoleMate, Jaime Hirsh! We are excited that Jaime, a Utah resident, has chosen to run her first marathon with Girls on the Run NYC.
Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
I liked the idea of fundraising to run the marathon, but I didn’t really have a specific idea who for. I found SoleMates on the NYC marathon fundraising info page and it felt like the right organization. As a woman working in the outdoor industry among some of the most active people out there, but personally limited by a variety of injuries and conditions, the values promoted by the program are along the lines of my personal worldview and, luckily for me, experience.
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
Getting out there, and using your body, not so much to ‘win’ but as a vessel for personal growth.
Favorite place to run?
In the mountains! Though been doing much more road running lately... because, y'know, marathon training.
Favorite time of day to run?
Favorite running accessory?
Patagonia Strider running shorts that have FIVE POCKETS!!!
Favorite pump-up running song?
I’m a sucker for Eye of the Tiger.
Group or solo run?
Usually solo, but a good group run every now & then is lots of fun!
What shoes do you run in?
Altra Torins. I’m pretty loyal to zero drop shoes, and these are an option with cushioning. Best of both worlds.
When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
My mantra is “If you want the things you say you want, this is when you need to run."
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I have not been able to run for most of my adult life, due to an accident in my early 20s. I had a knee replacement a few years ago, and I knew that with my new knee there was a very good chance I’d be able to run again. My goal from before I scheduled the surgery was to rehab into running into marathon training. For me, this four-month official training program is the home stretch of what has been an epic three-year plan. Check out my fundraising page for the full story!
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
Skiing is one of the great loves of my life. I also bike (road & mountain), hike, camp, and backpack. I’ve been learning to backcountry ski this year, and it is without a doubt one of the most humbling and rewarding pursuits I’ve taken up yet.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I’m really good at Scrabble. Also, I eat too much cheese.
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
Have fun, & be grateful!! Even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.
Share your fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates & those interested in being a SoleMate!
I think I’ve been successful because I am personally very passionate about this, and though I am not a particularly bubbly person, I am usually bubbling over with enthusiasm on things I am passionate about. So when I talk about marathon training and Girls on the Run and broach the subject of fundraising, it is very organic. It's less "asking for money" and more “here is this thing that I am so excited about and hey guess what by helping me and this awesome organization you can be a part of it too!"
Thank you for all your support of Girls on the Run, Jaime! If you want to donate to Jaime's fundraising efforts, click here. You can also follow Jaime's journey to the marathon via her Instagram - @jaimehirsh.