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SOLE SISTER SPOTLIGHT - 2018

 
December 2018 - Cathy D'Augusta
 

Hometown/Current City:

Rochelle Park, NJ/Wilmington, MA

 

Background and Family:

Cathy was born in New York and lived in New Jersey before her family relocated to Burlington when she was a teenager.  She has Bachelor's Degrees in both Sociology and Nursing as well as her Master's Degree in Nursing.  Cathy currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for Lahey Health in Wilmington. Cathy met her husband when attending a show for the rock band MASS.  She fell for lead singer, and they have now been married for 20 years!  They have 2 children: Julie (18) just started college at UMass Amherst while Daniel (9) is in 4th grade. Cathy also has a stepdaughter, Darcie, who lives in New York City and just gave birth to their first granddaughter, Zoe.  Cathy is also a “furbaby mom” to a chocolate point Siamese cat named Sabastian and a miniature Goldendoodle named Kaia.

Joined Sole Sisters:
April 2014

Favorite song on her running playlist:
Cathy listens to everything from rock to pop when running, and she currently has Panic! At the Disco, Heart, Alanis Morrissette, Kim Petras on rotation.

Cathy started running in 2013, the year she turned 40!  She found Sole Sisters by searching on Facebook for local running clubs in Wilmington, and the rest is history.  As a result, Cathy claims her “Sole Sister friends, signing up and training for races, and goals to improve her health and fitness” as her motivation for running. Cathy also credits the club for the valuable advice she's received over the years:  “Don't be afraid to push yourself, but listen to your body. Don't compare yourself to others. DO try to take time to enjoy your surroundings when running. Not every run will be enjoyable. Nutrition and cross training are really important if you're looking to improve performance.”

Cathy has had many proud running moments along the way, such as new distances and PRs, but most recently her proudest moments have come from running races with her family.  She recently ran the Wilmington 5K with her son and a Mile Color Run with her husband and children at UMass Amherst during family weekend. She was so happy they wanted to do it, and they had so much fun together.  She is hoping to instill in them the joy of running.

When Cathy isn't running, she loves spending time with friends and family.  She  has always had an interest in health and wellness, so she naturally loves her job.  She also enjoys going to the gym and working out, and it's usually at night!  Cathy is also a foodie who enjoys cooking when she has the time.  She also loves all kinds of music, playing the piano all the way through high school.  Cathy is currently planning her races for 2019 and needs to set some new goals, so be on the lookout!

October 2018 - Lindsay Weatherbee
 

Hometown/Current City:

Laconia, NH/Wilmington

 

Background and Family:

Lindsay was born and raised in Laconia NH.  She earned her BA in Psychology at Keene State College, then moved to Waltham, MA to pursue a career in banking.  She worked in the banking industry for 10 years before pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Lindsay currently works in the Burlington Public Schools in special education.  She met her husband 18 years ago, and they have a beautiful and active 10-year-old daughter, Mackenzie.

Joined Sole Sisters:

Lindsay joined Sole Sisters in February of 2017.  As she claims, “you girls can be very persuasive...a few girls kept telling me to come to a group run, but I was too nervous.  I hid from a group of you at the Turkey Trot in Billerica, then after a few months of invites I caved.” Lindsay is especially thankful for Julie Barrett, Lisa Murphy, and Laura Cataldi for the repeated invites, and says she couldn't be happier to have found such a great group of inspiring women who support each other!!

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Lindsay runs to “clear her head”, and usually runs in the very early morning with a few other members who run and talk the whole time, so she doesn't really run with music!

Lindsay ran track all through high school, but she was a sprinter, running the 100m, 200m, and 4x100 and 200 relays.  She says she was never a fan of long distance running. After high school she “hung up [her] running shoes until October of 2016.  That's a super long break and kind of embarrassing.” Like many of us, Lindsay uses running as a stress relief and time to clear her head.  She also loves running with the group and the comradery it creates between all of us. “It's what keeps me going especially as the miles get longer.”  She is currently training for her 4th Half Marathon, the Seacoast Half in November.

 
 
September 2018 - Donna Stevens
 

Hometown/Current City:

Billerica, MA

 

Background and Family:

Donna grew up in Billerica as the oldest of 4 children, which she says qualifies her as a “Townie”. Donna has been married to her husband, Phil, since 1978 and they have three children: Angela, Joel, and Nicholas.  They are also blessed with four grandchildren: Tyler, Zachary, Olivia, and Lillian. Donna used to waitress at WuLoon Ming in Billerica at night when her children were young, and later decided she wanted to work in the medical field. She became trained as an Ophthalmic Technician and worked at Lahey Clinic for almost 25 years, and currently has works for Atrius Health. Donna works part time so is very happy to have available time to help with her grandchildren during the week.

Joined Sole Sisters:

Donna joined SS in fall of 2016, but didn't participate until the Spring of 2017. She “kind of stalked” us for a while, trying to get her courage up to participate. She learned about our club from Jennifer Gadbois, who Donna had met at the Good Times Series in Lowell. Donna's first group run was with Jennifer McAveeney and Lisa Kuegler. Before then, she had always run solo and was struggling with self doubt and anxiety during runs. Donna says: “That first day out there on the group run was so empowering to me, I never knew what running company was like.” Thanks Jennifer and Lisa!

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Donna doesn't really listen to music, but has been listening to podcasts like "I'll Have Another” with Lindsey Hein and “Run this World” with Nicole DeBoom.

 

Donna actually started running when she was 34. Prior to that, Donna was also a smoker; she never really even exercised, but knew she needed to do something. At the time, didn't have time to walk or money for a gym, so she tried running. On her first run, she had her son and his friend come with her just in case “I dropped dead!”, although she doesn't know what they would have done! She did keep plugging along with it through the years... and crazy enough, didn't stop smoking for another 14 years.

 

Donna says she runs “I guess because I can, and the older I get I appreciate feeling healthy. Plus I am scared if I stop I won't be able to go again.” Recently, Donna has begun training for her first half marathon. She started out very intimidated by the process, but sticking with it has fostered a feeling of empowerment. “I guess that's what motivates me: feeling empowered to be the
best me.”

 

Donna's favorite advice to share? She is learning recently to "keep it going, my strength is growing". She tells herself this when she is on her long runs, and she encourages others to find positive self talk for yourself.

 

Donna's proudest running moment so far was last fall's Billerica Turkey Trot, which she ran with both Phil and their grandson, Tyler. She loves the finish photo of the 3 of them!  Best of luck to your running your first half marathon, Donna. We suspect you will have many more proud running moments in your future!

 
August 2018 - Mo Melanson
 

Hometown/Current City:

Columbia, MD/Tewksbury, MA

 

Background and Family:

Mo was born and grew up in Columbia, Maryland.  She moved to MA to attend Bridgewater State College, earning a BS in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education; she then earned her MS in the education of Biology from Framingham State. Mo is currently a biology teacher at Methuen High School. When not working, Mo is a busy wife, mom to Makayla (13) and Ethan (11), and “dog mom” of 3!  

Joined Sole Sisters:

January 2015

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Mo doesn't typically listen to music when she runs unless she is racing. Some of her best conversations happen on a 5am run!  “Running is absolutely the best therapy - especially with the wise words, comic relief and lending ears of the Sole Sisters.”  When she does listen to music, she likes upbeat country and pop music.  Some favorites include Cake by the Ocean by DNC; Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (which reminds her of Nancy blaring it loudly from her car riding next to her group as they took on a huge hill); My House by Flo Rida; Best Day of My Life by American Authors (she actually ran 15 miles with this song on repeat on a training run for Boston, and she “didn't really hate it”); and I'm Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys (which she always plays at the start of her races).

 

Mo has played soccer since she was three, and she still plays now in a women's league; she began running in the summer of 2009. She ran a season of track once in high school on a whim, but she had never run more than a mile voluntarily.  Mo was also a smoker who had smoked since age 17, trying so many times to quit, but never being successful. She was able to quit immediately when she became pregnant with her daughter and then her son, but picked it back up after her son was born. Finally, Mo was determined to quit for good, around the time her brother mentioned running a half marathon with him in the fall. That summer, Mo slapped on a nicotine patch and started running, making her own training plan with resources she found on the internet... and she never looked back.  Mo then trained and finally signed up for the Baltimore, MD Running Festival. Since then, she has run 20 half marathons and 3 full marathons, along with many shorter races.

 

Mo finally joined Sole Sisters in January of 2015, after having known Marli Piccolo for years through their kids.  Marli knew Mo was a runner, so she kept inviting Mo to join the Sole Sisters for a run.  Mo eventually gave in, and is so glad she did since there was so much positivity and energy on that run (even though it was on Catamount!).  Mo then started attending Saturday morning runs and the Tuesday/Thursday runs at 5am from the Wilmington Common. Mo is grateful that Marli kept on “harassing” her:  “I wouldn't be where I am today without the friendships and miles with the Sole Sisters.”

 

Mo is motivated by her family and heath, but she says “the ladies that I run with really get me out there”.  She loves that she makes a commitment to better herself with people with the same goals, because “there's no hitting snooze or bailing when you are depending on each other”.  Mo loves the feeling of accomplishment that comes with achieving what you set out to do, whether that be complete a distance, time or finish a race.

 

Mo says she has received so many words of advice over the years, but she honestly thinks the hardest thing for anyone when they start is to just simply get out there. “You may be unsure of yourself or your abilities, but getting to a group run and falling in line, at my pace, with whomever is there really helps.” Mo also stresses that hydration and nutrition are more important than some people may think. Carmela's advice at a hill training session has also stuck in Mo's mind: When you're running uphill, form is super important. She used to lean forward, slow down and drag herself up hills, which was ROUGH! Carmela instructed the group to stand up straight, pretend that there is a rope attached at your chest pulling you up the hill, pump your arms, keep your chin up and drive forward with your knees. As Mo has found, it makes a WORLD of difference!

 

Mo's proudest running moments happened twice in succession: she ran the 2012 Smuttynose Half Marathon and finished in a time of 1:53. She was beside herself excited because her goal had been to break 2 hours, and that particular race was cold, windy and rainy. Three weeks later, Mo ran the Baystate Half Marathon (her favorite) and finished in 1:50. She still remembers the feeling of strength and drive coming into the finish line, and was so happy to accomplish her goal.

 

Mo is currently training for the Marine Corp Marathon this fall, even though she had sworn off ever running another marathon.  She and her training partner, Liz McCollem, are finding success with the 5:1 Jeff Galloway method, which they have found has helped with their long runs and with recovery. Best of luck to you, Mo! 

 
July 2018 - Erin Lapsley
 

Hometown/Current City:

Melrose/Wilmington

 

Background and Family:

Erin grew up in Melrose, then later attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She has been married for five years and has two boys, Teddy and Jack. Erin moved to Wilmington about four years ago. She teaches math at Burlington High School and also coaches the girls track team there.

Joined Sole Sisters:

Erin joined Sole Sisters in October 2016, but didn't really start participating in runs and races until April 2017 after she joined our spring track program.

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Crown on the Ground by Sleigh Bells

 

Erin has been running off and on for her whole life.  In fact, she was running road races as young as 7 years old, but not consistently. She ran track in high school and cross-country in college.  Erin is motivated by the confidence and balance running gives her to conquer other challenging aspects of her life.  Her best advice?  “Don't try to make up a missed workout or run. It just leads to injury. You need your rest days just as much as, if not more than, you need your workout days.”  

 

As far as her proudest running moment, Erin claims that it's a tie between when she won the two mile at the Middlesex League meet her senior year of high school and qualifying for nationals her sophomore year in college.  Today, Erin feels the best thing about running is striving for your next PR in whatever distance. “It's a competition against yourself and your time and I love to celebrate other's victories and special moments!”  We have no doubt you will have many more special moments to be proud of in your future.  Thanks for being a Sole Sister!

 
June 2018 - Meghan Wayne
 

Hometown/Current City:

Billerica, MA

 

Background and Family:

Meghan grew up in Billerica, and ultimately ended up settling in the town with her husband Bryan, two adorable sons, Casey (4.5) and Dean (almost 3), and their two “huge and ridiculously friendly” cats, Adrian and Tucker.  Meghan is a genetic counselor, educating families, medical professionals, and the community about how genetics can impact a person's health.  She currently works for Quest Diagnostics supporting their hereditary oncology genetic testing.  She loves her work and is always happy to answer questions people have or guide them to the right resources.

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Meghan found us back in May 2016 while poking around online looking for running clubs in the area.  She eventually joined a few days after the 2017 Boston Marathon, feeling motivated after spectating on Marathon Monday!

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

“The Greatest Showman” soundtrack and Eminem's “Recovery” album are her most played, showcasing her diverse musical tastes!

 

Meghan started running after college, when she decided she was tired of being unhealthy, overweight, unmotivated, and out-of-shape.  In 2007 she ran her first half-marathon in Maine, but it wasn’t until she moved to Reno, Nevada in 2009 that running became an essential part of her life. Meghan's only contact in Reno, her dear friend Ashley, belonged to a running club, so Meghan decided to give it a try. At her first group run with the Reno club, Meghan arrived in sweatpants and a cotton t-shirt and slogged her way through 5 miles in the hot Nevada sun... and then swore she would never go back again.  As runners often do, she did drag herself back, and eventually the group became her family and running became her social, emotional, and physical outlet.  When Meghan moved back to Massachusetts in 2012, she didn’t have anyone to run with, and then she had her two sons, so she put running on the back burner.  Last year, when Ashley came to Massachusetts for her annual trip to run the Boston Marathon, she told “You really just need to do it and join a group!”  Meghan had been talking about joining a club for almost 5 years, and thankfully she finally listened to Ashley and joined SSRC, calling it the “BEST DECISION EVER”!  Meghan says that “the motivation, inspiration, and friendship that this group provides is invaluable”.  As for her motivation?  The club itself now provides that, knowing other strong women are also waking up really early to get it done.  Having that accountability of someone waiting for her is Meghan's #1 motivator (followed closely by Perfecto's coffee and chats)!

 

Although Meghan has had many wonderful running moments, her personal proudest was breaking 4 hours at the Napa Valley Marathon.  As Meghan says, “It was the hardest I’ve ever worked physically in my entire life and I do wonder if I can get back to that kind of shape again with the help of SSRC.”  

 

The best running advice Meghan has received?  “It doesn’t matter how far you go, just get out the door. Every little bit helps.”  Very true, and we love seeing your smiling face on our runs.  Thanks for being a Sole Sister, Meghan!

 
May 2018 - Sharon Brendline
 

Hometown/Current City:

Wappingers Falls, NY/Woburn, MA

 

Background and Family:

Sharon grew up in Wappingers Falls, NY with her two brothers; her brother Bruce is still in New York while her other brother, Michael, lives with (and cares for) her mom in Old Saybrook, CT.  Sharon is a single mom to her 16-year old son, Andrew, who is a junior at Malden Catholic High School.  Sharon works at PEAK Event Services, which is the 2nd largest catering rental company in the United States and the supplier of countless numbers of rain ponchos for rainy race days!

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Sharon joined Sole Sisters late last spring, although she “just stalked the FB page for quite a while” before she actually joined any group runs or races.

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

“Beautiful Day” by U2

 

Sharon ran her first 5K in 2009 after friend and a few of her friends who were into running invited her to join them. As Sharon says, “I had no idea what I was doing, but I did it and I didn't die”. Today, Sharon is the only one of that group who is still running!  Sharon doesn't run every day, but she enjoys it and is hoping to increase her distance this year beyond her current longest distance of 10K.

 

Sharon has found new motivation since joining the club.  Getting together with some Sole Sisters gets her going, and she finds it very difficult to run by herself anymore. Like many other members, she will “do it if she has to”, but it's much easier and more fun with company! 

 

Sharon's best advice for fellow runners is to “start slow and steady, listen to your body and definitely cross train”!  She says cross-training, in particular, has been so helpful for her in her running.  Sharon also loves Bikram Yoga and has been practicing for about 5 years.  She has also recently started weight training.

 

Sharon's proudest running moment happened after she joined Sole Sisters, at the Salem Road Race last September. Her 10K pace for that race was 5 minutes better than her last 10K, so “I was pretty psyched about that”!

 

When she's not running, Sharon loves to read and loves to spend as much time as she can on the beach in her favorite summer season.  We'd love to join you sometime Sharon!

 
April 2018 - Jody Brown
 

Hometown/Current City:

Burlington, MA/Wilmington, MA

 

Background and Family:

Jody lives in Wilmington with her husband Greg, daughter Mallory, and son Travis.

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Jody joined Sole Sisters at the very beginning when there was only a handful of women. Melinda LaConte added her to the group after they talked about their shared love of running.

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Jody has “hundreds” of Spotify playlists so has many favorites, but one song that always stands out is “Battleflag” by Lo Fidelity Allstars.

 

Jody started running when she was in college, joining her first gym the summer before she left for Syracuse. She immediately fell in love with group fitness and exercise. When she arrived at school, there weren't any fitness classes, so she started running outside as a way to stay fit.  Jody's love of fitness is her main motivation; as she puts it, “I’m just a huge fitness nerd”!  Yes, Jody is one of those crazy people that loves to workout, and running is her favorite go-to since there’s nothing better than logging miles on a beautiful day.

 

Jody says the best advice she's received is to set goals based on data. “If you have an accurate assessment of where your fitness is today, then you can choose a realistic and achievable goal. Pulling a goal out of thin air sets you up for failure.”  Wise advice!

 

As far as proudest running moments, Jody says she feels like she's just beginning to scratch the surface. If you ask her PR, she will often say she hasn’t run it yet, as she is constantly on a quest to improve.  We love your positivity, Jody, and can't wait to cheer you on as you proudly represent the Sole Sisters at the Boston Marathon this month!

 
March 2018 - Kerianne Barry
 

Hometown/Current City:

Carthage, NY/Wilmington, MA

 

Background and Family:

Kerianne grew up in upstate New York, then moved to the Boston area after graduating college.  After three years, the itch to live abroad took root, so she moved to Paris (with her dog!) for a year, where she earned her Master's Degree.  Kerianne then moved on to Dublin, Ireland, to join her husband, Dan, who had transferred there for work. What was supposed to be a couple of years stay turned into nearly 10, and all three of their children were born there: Kiera (7), Alice (5) & Eoghan (3). As a result, all of Kerianne's family hold dual citizenship and have a great attachment to Dublin.  A few years ago, Kerianne and Dan decided it was time to move back home so that they could be closer to family, starting out in southern Pennsylvania and eventually moving to Wilmington in the summer of 2016. Kerianne is now back teaching Middle School French and feels very lucky to have found a job that brings her so much joy.

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Kerianne joined in August 2016 after getting a tour of the town with a friend of a friend from Dublin, of all places!  Even though she started training on a treadmill for a 5K Turkey Trot in November 2016, it still took Kerianne a while to get out there with us; her first run was a 5:30am meetup from Perfecto’s in January 2017. After getting through what seemed like “the furthest 2 miles of my life”, Kerianne said she felt embarrassed, but since our group members were so very reassuring, they convinced her to come back out to the next group run 2 days later. Needless to say, she hasn’t looked back since!

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Kerianne enjoys a mix of music, from Florence + The Machine's  “Dog Days are Over” (which brings back fond memories of her days in Ireland), to Kanye West & Jay-Z “No Church in the Wild” (which is her preference for hills!).  “Chocolate” (The 1975) is another favorite, with the accents and upbeat sound.

 

Kerianne was always a three-sport athlete in high school, playing soccer, basketball, and softball; she tried track for the first time in her Senior year because she was looking for a sport to replace softball. She absolutely loved sprints but dreaded the long runs, except for one of the last runs of the season when they got to run to the ice cream store!  Kerianne was “the shorty basketball guard” running at the back with the forwards whenever she had to do the annual mile run; she dreaded it. Before joining SSRC, she always hopped on a treadmill to lose weight and compensate for overindulgence, only ever running outside in her hometown, within her comfort zone. Kerianne now realizes that running takes a lot of mental strength, oftentimes more than the physical.

 

Kerianne has become motivated by her friends! Like many of us, she has met some great women in this group, but she says “my 5am Tuesday/Thursday crew is the reason I keep it up on the regular. It’s therapy, it’s fitness, it’s advice, encouragement and sometimes it’s silence and the sunrise.” When she doesn't have her crew, it’s music that keeps her going. Signing up for a race with a friend is also a great motivator, by giving both a goal and a check system!

 

Kerianne says she has received so much good advice from the Sole Sisters:  “Stay hydrated at least a few days before a big race. Don’t save the carbs for the night before. Try out different fuels on training runs. Light it up when it’s dark. Bring toilet paper!”  She values all of these tips, but says probably the best advice she could give is to give yourself an attainable goal by signing up for a race to hold yourself accountable. “Then, get to at least one group run a week (Saturday is a good one), but don’t worry about pace so much at first. As long as you’re getting the miles in, you’ll be prepared! Pick a race where members of the club will be there to encourage you when you think you can’t go any further. And be ready to smile for the camera- make it look like you’re having a blast!!”

 

Kerianne's proudest running moment so far was completing her first half marathon!  She ran Baystate this past fall and had so many sisters both running beside her and cheering on the course.  She loves how the running community is so supportive, even showing up for a race just to cheer. For Kerianne, she says it means so much, especially when you’re new and unsure of yourself.  Kerianne is also very proud of running with her daughter, not only because she is seeing her children want to be a part of what Mom is doing, but as a significant part of her own running journey.  Kerianne's husband also gets credit for joining the “running family”, as he completed his first full marathon last fall, also at Baystate.  The Barrys are becoming quite a running family... and we're glad you're part of our family, Kerianne!

 
February 2018 - Amy Zani
 

Hometown/Current City:

Haverhill, MA/Tewksbury, MA

 

Background and Family:

Amy grew up in Haverhill, then went on to earn a BS in Clinical Lab Sciences from UMass Lowell.  She also earned an MBA as well as a Project Management certificate.  Amy has worked at Mass General Hospital since 2013 and is currently a lab supervisor for MGH in Waltham. Amy lives in Tewksbury with Chris, her husband of 12 years, and their two cats, Jasmine and Olive.

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Spring 2017

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Amy's playlist is always on shuffle, so it is a mix of pop, rock, hard rock, and metal, but Aerosmith is her favorite band so they are most likely to pop up.

 

Amy joined Sole Sisters in the spring of 2017 after seeing some members running the Meghan McCarthy 5K at Tewksbury Memorial High School. Once she saw our sweet singlet, she immediately went home and Google-searched our group until she found us.  Amy ran track in high school, but she was a sprinter; much to the despair of her assistant coach, she hated long distances and would walk the mile-long warmups.  As time went on, Amy started running on occasion for exercise, but she still didn't really enjoy it.  Still a sprinter at heart, she always went out too fast, and as a result, could never go very far.  Amy became discouraged because she wasn't making any progress with distance, she always felt winded, and she developed shin splints.  Once she realized she needed to slow her pace a bit, she began to actually enjoy running. 

 

Aside from her new running friends, Amy's motivation for running is to stay healthy, since heart disease runs in her family.  Having our group definitely helps with the motivation, as Amy says:  “I would probably never get up at 5 a.m. for Perfecto's runs or hill repeats if someone wasn't waiting for me.”

 

Amy's best running advice? “Just keep moving.”  According to Amy, “it doesn't matter how fast or slow you are or if you have to walk, you are still a runner.”  In the beginning, Amy says she felt she wasn't a runner because she wasn't "fast" or she couldn't run more than a mile without stopping, but once she realized it doesn't matter how fast you are or how far you run, she started to enjoy it.  As a result, she can now run several miles without even thinking about it.

 

Amy's proudest running moment so far has been completing her first Half Marathon last fall at Bay State!  (We think her first-place costume win at our annual Halloween get-together was a close second!  Who could resist her awesome homemade Perfecto's Coffee Cup costume?)

 

We are so glad you joined our club, Amy.  Here's to many more happy miles together!

 
January 2018 - Christine Danas
 

Hometown/Current City:

Stoneham/Wilmington

 

Background and Family:

Christine hails from Stoneham but moved to Wilmington in 1985. She married her late husband, Peter, in 1987, and she is Mom to 2 adult sons, Nick (25) and Alex (24). She currently works for BridgeHead Software as SalesForce administrator, and she loves her job!

 

Joined Sole Sisters:

Christine joined the Sole Sisters in Spring of 2017 when we offered our “Run Your First 5K” program with Dianne Vitale. She loved the program and has been running 3 times a week ever since. Denise Illsley told both Christine and Pam Pinard about the program last January after they mentioned they wanted to take up running.

 

Favorite song on her running playlist:

Christine hasn't listened to music on her runs yet since she is too busy enjoying the company of her Sole Sisters!

 

Christine wanted to start running for her cardio health.  Since her husband and her father both passed away due to heart issues, she felt she needed to take care of herself, but she never expected to love running this much! Christine says she just feels so much better since she started running.  She loves challenging herself and pushing a little further with every
long run.

 

As far as the best advice she's received?  Christine says, “I have received so much great advice from so many Sole Sisters, that's why I love this group!”

 

Christine's proudest mom­­ent in her running journey so far?  She says she often thinks about how excited she was when she ran for 15 minutes non-stop during the 5K program, as that was the moment she knew she could run. “Honestly, as a new runner, each time I run a little further or a little faster I am so proud of myself.”  We're proud of you too, Christine!  Thanks for joining Sole Sisters!