NYC Marathon Training - Custom Performance NYC

Meet Sarah!


Describe yourself in one sentence.

Mom of 3, Minnesotan, marketer, runner.

What’s one thing we might not know about you?

I’m a beginner runner – I’ve only really been running for about a year. Although I was a gymnast for 12 years, ran track (sprints/hurdles/jumps) in high school, and played rugby in college, endurance was always my weak spot. Over the first 40+ years of my life, I built a narrative for myself that I COULDN’T be a long-distance runner. What I didn’t realize until I started working with Megan as a PT and Matt as a coach, is that it wasn’t that I couldn’t run long distances, it was that I had just never learned HOW to do it right.

Favorite pastimes (other than running!)

Hmm. Between wrangling three kids all in different types of school and getting in my runs, I love learning how to cook, building legos and jigsaw puzzles with Alex and the kids, and snuggling with our five guinea pigs (Chestnut, Annabelle, Midnight, Ruby, and Rosie).

Three things I’m most proud of…

Culturally, as someone who both a native Minnesotan and part Asian American, this is the kind of question you’re raised from a very young age to deflect. We generally don’t talk about our own accomplishments when asked about what we are proud of, it feels selfish or vain, so…

I’m proud of our children’s resiliency in managing through the ups and downs of the last twelve months. Whether it was “virtual school,” driving across the country to spend part of the summer in Minnesota, or finding new ways to connect with their friends when after-school hangouts, playgrounds, sleepovers, and even hugs from friends and teachers aren’t possible anymore. They have really learned how to roll with changes.

I’m proud of how New Yorkers are working to balance changes needed to keep everyone safe while supporting our neighborhoods, vulnerable communities, and small businesses.

After everything that has happened this year and over the last several weeks, I am really proud of the power of everyday Americans to stand up for what is right, commit to be positive agents of change, and lift up those around them. In life, as in running, it is easy to continue in old patterns with old biases, but it takes reflection, humility, commitment, and determination to change. Whether it is making everyday changes to improve their health or keep others safe by wearing a mask, lending a helping hand to friends, neighbors, or strangers in need, or reflecting and acting in ways that foster understanding and further equality, the capacity for individuals to make the world a better place, especially in turbulent times like the last twelves months, just makes me happy in my heart.

Sweet or Savory?

Savory snacks (especially salty ones) are my favorite – I love fresh, crispy latkes with a little sour cream and paper-thin lox, salt and vinegar kettle corn from the Brooklyn Popcorn truck, anything from Chipotle or Ivan Ramen.

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