June Runner of the Month – Teresa Berger

  • Photo_TBergerHow long have you been a runner and what sparked your interest to begin running?

I ran for fitness in high school and college, but consistently I would say 5 years. I have an uncle who’s run numerous New York marathons and many half marathons. I guess that was part of what sparked the interest. I’m not much of a team sports person, so running was an easy alternative.

  • Where are some of your favorite places to run?

Assateague – the bridge is great for hills…really the only place  I know of to do hill training around here! I moved here from the Philadelphia area 2 years ago, so some of my favorite spots are still up there – Pennypack Park trails, Delaware Canal Towpath, and the Powerline Trail (a 10 mile-ish paved trail that follows a power line through many neighborhoods).

  • What is your “fuel” of choice (aka pre/post workout meals, supplements, etc)? What are your favorite recovery foods after running?

Pre – banana and peanut butter or ½ a bagel with peanut butter, Nuun tabs in my water

Post – protein! I crave it after each long run.

  • What are some of your goals/accomplishments as a runner?

I would like to improve my speed a bit – because speed work is a great way to lose body fat and because I know I can do better. Another goal – continue to run injury free and for the rest of my life until I just can’t.

  • What are two hobbies outside of running you enjoy doing?

Yoga, which I really don’t do enough of. Gardening…I haven’t been able to for 2 years due to renting, but now I can! Riding bikes with my daughter. Is sleep a hobby? I love sleep…nothing like a good nap!

  • What do you love most about running?

That it is a sport for all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. You don’t have to have a “runner’s body” to do it and you can run whenever, wherever you want. It’s an excellent way to maintain fitness but also mental health. The only competition is truly yourself and it’s an amazing way to connect with like-minded people. Some of the friends I have made through running will be lifelong friendships.

  • What’s your most embarrassing running moment?

I have a couple, but will keep them tomyself and the few that know about them. Everyone has at least one…and if you don’t, you haven’t been running long enough!

  • How do you juggle busy life/running?

As best I can. I’m not training for anything but the super sprint tri right now so that makes it easier to manage. I find if I don’t get it done early in the AM, 9 times out of 10 it won’t get done.

  • What’s your favorite race and why?

I have good memories of my first half marathon with my 3 S.W.I.F.T. co-founders. Another great one is the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia…just a bit crowded. It’s the best way to see the city of Philadelphia.

  • What are your favorite stretches after running?

Hip openers, foam rolling, downward dog.

  • What part does running play in your life? (Are your loved ones runners?)

It’s my way to manage stress, stay healthy and socialize from time to time. I love how it can bring people together that may have never met before. My husband is not a runner but a huge support in my running.

  • Why did you start running (aka, health, family, friends, or something else entirely)?

See #1.

  • What is your favorite cross-training activity and why?

Yoga – it’s an excellent activity for runners to stretch the muscles that get tight during runs. It helps provide a sense of calm.

  • What is your biggest accomplishment or what are you most proud of in your life outside
    of running?

In May of 2012 I launched a women’s only RRCA running / fitness group with 3 friends / fellow mothers, S.W.I.F.T. (Strong Women in Fitness Together) with 5 members;  we now have well over 150 members.

Outside of running I’m most proud of the family my husband and I have created; we’re not perfect, but we’re in it for the long haul and really love watching our daughter grow into a good, happy, kind human being.

  • What advice would you give a newbie runner?

Don’t give up. Starting or starting again is very challenging at times, but the benefit far
outweighs the challenge. Find friends to run with…a good conversation can make 10 miles feel like nothing.


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