HOMETOWN: Palos Verdes, CA
FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi and In-N-Out
FAVORITE PLACE VISITED: A tie between Florence and Paris.
PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: Japan
FAVORITE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally and generally anything Disney or Pixar.
HOBBIES: Sports (watching and playing), especially UCLA.
BACKGROUND: I’ve been playing sports my whole life. I started out playing competitive junior tennis. In high school, I played tennis and ran track and was a lightweight rower in college. While in law school, I started playing in soccer leagues and running races. About a year and a half ago, I ran my first full marathon and became completely hooked. To date, I have run 3 full marathons and have a ton more races on “my list,” including an ultra and maybe a triathlon if I can get over my fear of the swimming portion.
What is your current exercise routine? My workout routine has changed in the last year since I’m having a baby soon (very soon!). I went to Sonki Fitness 3 times a week until my ninth month. As the pregnancy progressed, I had to make some slight adjustments, but for the most part, I was able to do most everything. On off days, I mostly ran. I ran the LA Marathon at 8 weeks pregnant, and the Eugene Half Marathon at 14 weeks. After that, I cut back on the mileage but managed to do one longer(ish) run of 6-8 miles up until month 9. In these final weeks, I’m still staying active on my own (Sonki’s 30-minute workout is awesome!), but am taking it a bit easier.
What is your motivation to stay in shape? Staying in shape is much easier than getting in shape, and world’s better being in shape than out of shape. It is pretty much a no-brainer.
What is your greatest challenge to staying in shape? Time. Working out was easy when I was a student and had all the time in the world. Things got a bit more tricky once I was forced show up at work every day. Making time to work out is not always easy, especially when it comes with a 5:45 am wake-up. I have a feeling that I will face a whole new set of challenges once this baby arrives, so if anyone has any advice on how to work full time, care for an infant, and stay in shape all at once – bring it on!
What is your key to success? My parents encouraged me to be active from a young age, and that stuck with me. My husband is also very fitness conscious and supports me in everything that I do. But my biggest sources of motivation these days are my running friends, who continuously amaze me with how hard they work and what they accomplish.
What do you like about Sonki Fitness Boot Camp and how has it affected your life? I started Sonki’s class in winter of 2010 with some co-workers. When I signed up, I thought I was in great shape since I ran a lot and played soccer, but I realized quickly that was not the case. During push-ups on the first day of class, I thought I was going to fall on my face. During push-ups on the second day of class, I nearly did fall on my face because my arms were so sore from the first day. Suffice to say, that initial session of boot camp completely kicked my butt. Since then, my upper body and core are a lot stronger and I’ve noticed myself becoming a better runner. I’ve also greatly improved my ability to wake up early.
What advice would you give to others about fitness? Everyone can get in shape, run a 5k race or even a marathon. If you look at all the people in Santa Monica in the mornings who are running, going to boot camp, etc., they aren’t Olympians or pro athletes, they are people like you. If they can do it, so can you.