Did you know that we have amazing people running for us in the Pittsburgh Marathon? We do! To get everyone motivated in the final days leading up to the race on May 3, we would like to share some of our runners’ stories.
If you are a runner, you will relate to each story. But even if you aren’t, these dedicated folks will inspire you. Who knows, maybe you will run on our behalf in next year’s race!
This is the third in a series of daily runner stories featured on the blog all this week – leading up to the race on Sunday!
How long have you been running?
How many years have you been running for the Food Bank in the Pittsburgh Marathon?
First time running for the Food Bank.
What motivates you to run?
In general, I run to stay fit and healthy. I also run to relieve stress. There are many things in life that we cannot control, but whenever I lace up and hit the treadmill or trails, it’s just me and my motivation. There’s always something to celebrate when you complete a good run.
Why have you decided to run for the Food Bank?
I’ve come to realize how important food is in all facets of our lives. We need food for health, well being, and for social and emotional comfort. Many of my best friends were made while sharing a meal. I fell in love with my now husband after the first time he made dinner for me. Studies indicate that children perform better in school when they have breakfast. As a runner, and especially when I’m training, I’m always thinking about what I need to eat to make it through my goal mileage or what I need to consume to refuel afterward. Food is so significant to who we are as people. There’s also a lot of food waste. I decided to run for the Food Bank because I wanted to contribute to food security and to spread the idea that access to food binds people, communities and cultures.
Did Teresa get you motivated to help out? You can contribute to Teresa’s run for the Food Bank today!