Smile Samantha! You Are Our Member Spotlight Of The Week!

Always with a smile, Samantha has been featured on many NYRR promo ads!

Another week has passed so it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of our members! Today we are happy to shine that spotlight on one of our very first members, the always smiling, Samantha M.!

Samantha has always come to club gatherings with tons of energy, a positive attitude and of course her vibrant smile.

Samantha started running in 2001 in college when she felt she was overweight and as a result, it made her self-conscious. At the time she had an unpleasant dance teacher that would make her feel uncomfortable about her weight so she turned to running to prove that teacher wrong and feel better about herself. Little by little she would set small benchmarks for herlsef measured in city blocks.

When she’s no running, Samantha loves singing and dancing!


Eventually she had worked up to a mile and before she knew it she was running as far as 5 kilometers! As running became a healthy obsession, she would run at the gym on treadmills admittedly so she could watch trashy TV (lol). Ever increasing her mileage, she joined New York Road runners in 2012 and ran her first 5k that year. Fast forward to today, Samantha has run over 80 races with NYRR!

Being a runner since 2012, Samantha stumbled across We Are NYC Running club last year while training for the United NYC Half Marathon. Why would Samantha join a running club though after being a runner for 6 years and having success with it? Samantha points to the amount of support that she felt from strangers who shared the same common goal as her and had a true genuine love for running.

3rd from the right, Samantha was at the very first official club meet up!

Samantha was part of the first unofficial meet up of the club back at the 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4 miler run. That day she felt the group had something special just from spending 15 minutes together with the group before the 4 mile race. With many years of running already under her belt, she wanted to be part of something bigger where she could talk to people and not be judged. She remembers many years back still to that dance class teacher where she made to feel so small. Being a part of this club, she no longer feels that at all! Since joining the club, Samantha has loved being a member as she points to the many fabulous, strong, dedicated and down to earth people she has met. She adds that running a race is so much better knowing that you have a lot of people out there rooting for you and running with you. Just yesterday, Samantha ran her 22nd race as a member of We Are NYC Running Club as she ran the NYRR Gridiron 4 miler with the club and celebrated a year of running with her new found running family!

Looking forward, she continues to think about running the TCS NYC Marathon as a long term goal. For now she is concerned with committing time to train for a marathon as she knows the amount of time involved with it and she does not want to take that time away from her family, especially her three year old son Harrison. Speaking of her son Harrison, he himself has already run some races with NYRR. Samantha plans on continuing to have Harrison run more races this year while she continues to prepare for some more half marathons herself with the 2:00 time barrier as her ultimate goal!

Pictured here at the Bronx 10 Mile, Samantha ran 22 races with We Are NYC RC in 2018!

We are fairly confident that Samantha will break that 2:00 barrier if not at the NYC Half Marathon, perhaps the Brooklyn half marathon! Once she has done that, if she hasn’t changed her mind about going for the TCS NYC marathon, she may just be content with continuing another fun hobby of hers – performing and singing famous Broadway musical scores on top of her radiator with her son Harrison!

Here are some words that some of our members had for Samantha!

Fellow Club teammate Marjorie

Fellow Club teammate Cesar


Ready To Take On 2018!

I looked at the calendar yesterday at work and couldn’t believe that pretty much a whole week has gone by in December already! With the holiday festivities starting up and with hopefully some vacation time for many of you, December will be gone before you know it!


Are You Ready For 2018?

If you are sitting back and you continue to say to yourself ” I am going to get into a workout routine soon”, please start! I’ve been trying to preach that December is actually a great month to start a workout routine. See my previous post here .

For those of you out there that are already working out, or better yet running, are you ready for 2018? Have you started to think about what goals you have in 2018? Have you made some plans as to what races you will run in 2018?

For me, its an interesting year. I will finally get to conquer (or at least I hope to) the New York City Marathon after so many years of trying to run the race. Of course that race is not until November! I plan to slowly start building up my miles likely around July. Up until then, I plan on keeping busy with a steady diet of races. It’s early but so far in 2018, I have a 10k to run in January and as of right now, my next race after that is not until mid March when I run the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 18th. Would love to get a race under my belt in February, but if that doesn’t happen then I will settle with another race after the half marathon.


The United NYC Half Marathon Runners Were Picked On Wednesday!

A quick side note about the United NYC Half. Yesterday, so many people found out that they were selected for the race after awaiting the results of the race lottery. If you were one of those many people that got accepted yesterday, CONGRATULATIONS! Its always exciting to hear the joyful expressions of people when they get selected for a big race such as the United NYC Half. The facebook group that I created for the race is closing in on 200 members, all of whom are running the race. Needless to say, I’ m pretty excited about this race and I am sure all runners in the race are as well.

Back to my goals for 2018. As I prepare for the NYC Marathon, I would like to get the 9 races required to run the NYC Marathon again in 2019. With 2018 being my first marathon being run, there is of course the possibility that I  may not want to bounce back in 2019 and run it again based on what some are saying about their first experience lol. That is ok. I believe I can always defer my qualification a year if I do gain acceptance into the 2019 edition.  I plan on doing at least nine races in addition to the marathon this year. Which ones they will be is still to be determined. There are two races that I am definitely hoping to do. The Brooklyn Half Marathon in May and the Fifth Avenue Mile in September. The Brooklyn Half, because I missed it last year so I want to do it this year. The Fifth Avenue mile was probably my favorite race of all the races I ran last year. First because its the shortest and second because, well I never get to run a mile all out!

As for other personal goals, going under 1:50 in a half marathon is at the top of my list. With the cold weather here, I don’t know if I will get adequate training in to go under that in March at the NYC Half but maybe I can tackle that goal in May at the Brooklyn Half marathon. As for the NYC Marathon, I’ve never 26.2 miles before so I don’t know what to expect. But if I can break 4 hours, I will be fine with that! Finally that 5th Avenue Mile tricked me last year. I could see the finish line at the half mile marker and I started to kick. Way too early though so I was gassed in the last 1/4 mile! Will try to run smarter this year and God willing go under 6:00!

All in all, I’m excited to get 2018 going already. With no race for me in December, I guess you can say I bored! Thankfully running for my charity on Charity Miles is keeping me going!

What are your goals for 2018? What races do you want to run? I want to know – let me know in the comments section below!

Have a great Thursday my friends!


Loved The Fifth Avenue Mile!

Time For A Plan

Don’t Be Afraid To Assess & Plan!



I’ve been doing some serious thinking about my own workouts. I want to run to maintain my stamina for my upcoming races but I also recognized that I needed to start lifting weights again to regain muscle that I have lost due to a lot of running. I have an interval training class on Wednesday’s that I love to take because it is probably my best all around workout of the week. Its right in the middle of the week and I don’t want to give that up. It’s getting difficult to juggle everything so I think it’s time to plan my workouts.

This same scenario could very well be happening to any of you out there but with different things to juggle. I didn’t even factor in home life in my initial paragraph above! Don’t be afraid to admit that you may not be planning your workouts right. For a while, all I did was run almost everyday. In the summer I was running 6 days a week. I lost ALL of my muscle. I don’t want to do that again. So I have to be mindful of that. I started to implement lifting again and my running hasn’t suffered too much. I haven’t gotten faster but at the same time, I’ve gained my muscle back. I don’t want to lose my stamina however because I have a half marathon coming in March and while I have lots of time for it, the NYC Marathon looms next November.

In order to plan your workouts though, you need to have a goal in mind. If you have been reading my posts you know I love to talk about goals. Setting them and achieving them is the only way to go. I see so many people go to the gym walking on the treadmill for an hour reading a books Ok- kudos to you for coming here to the gym instead of sitting on the couch, but will you achieve your goal doing that? I’m not sure?


Equipment From My Interval Training Class – Part Of My Plan!


Sometimes your goals might require more time than you originally thought. Don’t be afraid to incorporate family into your goals to help you with your time management. Sometimes your only going to be as successful as your support team. If you have a family, be upfront with your spouse or your kids about your goals. Explain to them that you need to get to the gym, or go for a run “x” number a times a week. I am fairly certain that they will be more than willing to work with you since at the end, this will only benefit your health!

That brings me back to my personal plan. Going into this weekend, I need to get at least one long run in. I have a 5 mile race on thanksgiving and I haven’t really put any runs in over 4 miles in a couple of weeks. This weekend, I have to put in at least a 4 mile run. I can’t forget about weights as I mentioned, so this is how my week is going to go – I hope!

Sunday – 5 Mile run (tempo pace)
Monday- Weight training (gym)
Tuesday(AM) – 3-4 mile easy jog
Wednesday- Interval Training Class
Thursday – 5 Mile Race
Friday – OFF
Saturday Weight Training (gym)

A plan can happen to you. Just give it some thought. Find a goal and work towards it. Know that you CAN DO IT!



Stop Wishing – Conquer A Goal!