Toni blogs at Running, Loving, Living and was awesome enough to let me ask her a few questions!
I am a registered nurse. I love helping people and I started in the medical field when I was 19 as a medical assistant. When my oldest daughter turned 5 I went back to school to get my degree. I graduated nursing school when I was 28 and I worked at St. Francis Hospital for a year and then got into homecare where I am currently working weekends and holidays. I love that every day that I work I get to help someone and make a difference in their lives.
How did you get into running? Blogging?
I got into running after I had my first daughter at 19. I started working at a doctor’s office as a medical assistant and one of my coworkers was a runner so we started running and racing 5K’s together. The best thing about running for me at first was that I was a severe asthmatic up until I turned 24 when my asthma just disappeared and when I was running the symptoms of my asthma actually lessened. I loved running from the moment I started, running made me feel alive, energetic and less stressed. I’d say this past year I started seriously running and I ran my first half-marathon October 2010 with a time of 2:05.
I got into blogging because I live to write and I also wanted to chronicle my path to running the Long-Island half marathon in under 2 hours. I love blogging because it not only keeps me accountable to my training but I feel if I could motivate or help just one person that follows me to follow their goals and dreams then it is worth it. Anything is possible if we just put our minds to it.
What advice would you give to someone just starting to get into running?
My best advice for someone just beginning to run is to take it slow and listen to your body. When I first started running I increased my mileage way too fast and I developed severe shin slints which I ignored. I ended up with multiple stress fractures in both of my legs and had to curtail my running for a few months. This would not have happened had I slowly increased my walk/run time and my mileage by no more than 10% a week. I also should have listened to my body, if you have any pain that does not subside with adequate rest see a medical professional, do not continue to run or you can get seriously injured.
How do you balance work, social life, running, parenthood, blogging?
Balance is difficult at times, I work on weekends and holidays and during the week I take care of my 2 year old, which is sometimes harder than going to work. I also blog, exercise, cook, clean and attempt to be social. I’d have to say the way I balance it all is by good planning, I set a schedule and try my best to stick to it. I even schedule in my workouts but I usually get those in early in the morning before the rest of my house wakes up. My husband and I go out together at least once a week for quality “us” time and I try to get together with my friends once a month, although it usually turns into once every few months. I just try to stick to my schedule but if something doesn’t get done I don’t get too crazy I just move the task to the next day, flexibility is the key to finding balance.
What is your favorite go-to quick dinner meal?
My favorite go to quick meal is turkey chili. I always have extra lean ground turkey in my freezer and all the other components in my fridge and pantry.
The recipe on my blog. This recipe is quick to put together and makes for some great leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day!!!
What is your ultimate running and/or fitness goal?
My current goal is to run the Long Island-half marathon on May 1st in under 2 hours. My ultimate running goal at this time is to run the NYC marathon in 4 hours or less, I am hoping to be accepted into the race this year but if I don’t get picked this year then I am guaranteed entry for next year’s race.
Thanks Toni! I am always amazed by mothers who run and blog! Motherhood seems so scary for me right now because I already feel so busy. I can’t imagine fitting little ones in the picture!
I hope you get into NYC marathon, but if not, then there is next year!