May 2017 Runner of the Month – Christina Fohner

1) How long have you been a runner and what sparked your interest to begin running?
I started running the summer after I graduated college. I was living at the beach in NJ and just decided one day that I wanted to go running. It’s funny to say that, but it really was that simple…

2) Where are some of your favorite places to run?
I love to run by the ocean, but mostly I run in my neighborhood. The best is when my girls ride their bikes with me while I run.

3) What is your “fuel” of choice (aka pre/post workout meals, supplements, etc)? What are your favorite recovery foods after running?
I’ve been on a peanut butter with crackers kick lately. I also like the Isagenix Replenish drink.

4) What are some of your goals/accomplishments as a runner?
My dream is to run a half marathon. I would also like to participate in the NYC half marathon and a Wounded Warrior race.

5) What are two hobbies outside of running you enjoy doing?
I like to read and go to the beach.

6) What do you love most about running?
Running makes me feel strong. It continues to be one of the most challenging things in my life. When I am running, I feel grateful for so many things, not the least of which is simply being able to run.

7) What is your favorite “go to” running mileage?
5miles

8) What’s your most embarrassing running moment?
A few years ago, I ran a 10k wearing socks that gave me blisters. Many, many blisters. The race was very, very small and I actually placed in my age group. I limped, barefoot, to get my medal. Note to self, don’t wear new socks to a race!

9) How do you juggle busy life/running?
I fit running in whenever I can. I find myself straying from it more often than not… I wish I was more disciplined.

10) What’s your favorite race and why?
I love the Bay Bridge 10k. I’ve run it the past 2 years and the weather has been amazing. The views are breathtaking and it’s one of the larger races I’ve ever participated in; the energy is contagious.

11) Why did you start running (aka, health, family, friends, or something else entirely)?
I wanted to increase my exercise regimen and become a runner.

12) What is your favorite cross-training activity and why?
I like to practice yoga and lift with my trainer, Tara. Each gives me strength and motivation, but yoga offers much needed stretching also.

13) What is your biggest accomplishment or what are you most proud of in your life outside of running?
I am so proud of my daughters – they are strong and kind and funny. I also take pride in my work, even on the hardest days in court.

14) What advice would you give a newbie runner?
Take it slow, enjoy the journey. There will be days that the run is so hard, but when you experience the runner’s high, it’s incredible!

Following questions were asked by previous interviewees….

15) Where is the farthest place you ever entered in for a race? (asked by Leah Fuller)
Bay Bridge 10k

16) What is your favorite running music (asked by Jennifer Kukel)
I like hip-hop and dance music, but I sprinkle in old favorites as well.

17) What type of running shoe do you wear? (asked by Marie Bahno)
Asics Kayano

18) What is the strangest race you’ve ever run? (asked by Vincent Pavic)
I’ve not completed any strange races, but I’d say the most challenging was Man vs Mud in Pocomoke.

19) What do you say to yourself when you get in that negative space in your head during a run? Do you have a mantra? (Asked by Deb Conran)
I am strong. I am thankful.
20) Three words that describe your running (asked by Jenna Faller)
slow, inconsistent, full of heart

21) What is your favorite season to run? (asked by Bob Monaco)
I like running in warmer temps, maybe because I began running in the summertime.

Christina’s question…

How do you get over pre-race jitters?
I still get nervous before races!

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