As our Team United Way runners gear up for next month’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re sharing their stories with all of you – their supporters! Kicking off our Runner of the Week blog series is Angela Wells, a good friend of United Way. Read on to find out what motivates her to reach the finish line, where you can find her favorite running trail, and her go-to race-day fuel.
When did you start running?
I began running after college and have been an on-again off-again runner since then. Most recently I picked up running mid-2012 knowing that I wanted to get into running before starting to train for the 2013 Chicago Marathon.
Where is your favorite place to run/train?
I have two favorite spots, one is (of course) Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. It’s a fantastic place to get motivation from watching other runners and a beautiful landscape. I also truly enjoy exploring new running trails in any city I visit. So far, my favorite has been Percy Warner Park outside of downtown Nashville. It’s a hilly, shaded gorgeous nature trail that I certainly want to go back to.
How do you stay motivated while you run?
I stay motivated on my runs with my thoughts and reflection. I think about all of my friends and family who are supporting my endeavors; I think about all the things I’m grateful for and how fortunate I am to be in good health to run; I think about race day and of course, I stay motivated by thinking about my post-run meal.
What’s your favorite pre and post Marathon meal?
Before long runs, I make my own pasta and sauce at home the evening before. I’m a stickler for a pre-running routine so I always eat the same thing at home as I know exactly how it’s prepared. Post-run is a different story, I’ll eat anything and everything! My favorite post-run meal at home is a hearty homemade breakfast burrito – no matter what time of day!
Why are you running for Team United Way?
I’m a huge fan and supporter of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. I have been fortunate to have seen and worked with the programs first hand and recognize the tremendous impact the organization has in Chicago. I’ll do all I can to support United Way’s work – In fact, I led the Young Leaders group for two years and was honored as the United Way volunteer of the year a couple of years ago.