Not sure how we first met Marnie from RunStreet, but it was probably because she's all over NYC and Brooklyn doing super cool sh*t for our running community like hosting NYC Street Art Runs, Donut Runs, Taco Runs, and coaching a team of really awesome people (aka "The Wolfpack"). We've also done fun collaborations with her like this Instagram takeover and this NYC Half Marathon gear giveway. But what we like most about Marnie is that she's a true inspiration -- a creator of her life, following her heart, going after her dreams...
She created an amazing following and community of runners with Runstreet all by herself, and recently landed a "dream job" as the new Development and Marketing Coordinator at Back on My Feet NYC -- one of the most amazing and best non-profit charity running organizations there! Back On My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and employment and housing resources. BoMF recruits members at homeless and residential facilities around the country and gets commitment to run three days a week in the early morning. We've always loved BoMF and are so proud and happy to see Marnie helping run the NYC chapter! Congrats Marnie!
We also love that Marnie does yoga, meditates, and loves learning and improving (and Lewis Howes!) like we do. Running and fitness is not just about staying in shape and feeling good, it's about learning you can do anything in life and create the amazing life you want! Okay, now Marnie's Runner's Life answers:
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less:
Launching through space at peace
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I started running because I did not make the cheerleading squad. After tryouts - where all my friends made it - I was told I was “too quiet.” After that, I still wanted to participate in some activity, preferably one without tryouts haha. I was an awkward 13-year-old when I began running cross country. I made amazing friends from my running teams and came to appreciate the mental toughness, discipline, loyalty and all the often unrecognized things about my sport that drew such inspiring people. Looking back I’m very happy I did not make the cheerleading squad:).
Your favorite running moment? (anything -- achievement, event, people, race, place, etc)
Finishing the NYC Marathon, my first marathon. I’ve always been more of a middle distance runner so the distance and training were already huge milestones for me. Also, running through the crowds of millions of people cheering in so many of the neighborhoods I’ve lived and worked in was one of those life-changing experiences I know I’ll always look back on gratefully.
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
I think I would have a lower pain tolerance - physically and mentally. Running has helped me to overcome and push through obstacles that could have swallowed me alive if I’d let them. I can’t say enough for the powerful effect of running on my spirit, mind and body. So many women develop body image issues due to social pressures and the enormous value placed on our looks. Running has helped me stay strong and independent and appreciate my body for what it can do and accept the strength within it instead of focusing just on how I look.
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
I am hooked!:) Running makes me happy, helps me blow off stress, connect with positive people and experience so many adventures. When I run, I feel free.
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
Pizza. After some of my marathon long runs, I would eat a whole Chicago-style, deep dish pizza.
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
When I studied abroad in France in high school, I did not see anyone running but my French “mom” was so nice and accommodating, she went for a run with me in her fashionable scarf and dress flats. Unfortunately she slipped on the trail but hopped up, giggled and kept running. I will always appreciate her good nature and going to run with me when I was lost in a new country.
And that's Marnie's inspirational running story. We wish her all the best at Back On My Feet and can't wait to see what cool magic she does next! Follow Marnie/Runstreet here: Instagram@RunStreet, Facebook: RunStreet, Twitter: @MarnieRun