Introducing Welcome Committee members Emily Duane and Lisa Sullivan!

How many years have you been running?

Emily: 2.5 (consistently)
Lisa: Most consistently for the past 3 years.

What made you start running?
Emily: I always thought runners made it look so easy, and I wanted to look like that. No lie. I had been going through a hard time with work and was trying to figure out how to leave a bad relationship and had been treating my body like crap, so I committed to do one 5k per month for four months… and then it turned into this really expensive hobby that has taken me to five states for the sake of running a race.
Lisa: Most consistently for the past 3 years.

What keeps you motivated to continue running?
Emily: Signing up for races. It’s the only way I’ll run regularly, because I know I need the miles. That said, I do also love the social aspect of running with this group, which I hadn’t experienced prior to joining this group. That helps keep me motivated to show up, because it’s really how I get the majority of my socializing done.
Lisa: To stay in shape and stay healthy! Running really is a great workout and gives me a lot of self-confidence. I love that you can compete just against yourself and that it’s a constant journey. I’m 7 months pregnant right now with my first child so I’m looking forward to getting back at it post-baby and see what my body can do when we start over (and to try to be patient with myself as I work back up to what was pre-baby pace).

What do you do when you are not running?
Emily: I’m a marketing coordinator for a trade association. As for hobbies… I veg on the couch with the cat and watch a ton of Netflix. I love cheering at races. I like to read dystopian society books and trashy vampire romance stuff (Laurell K. Hamilton is my jam). I like making costumes for my races. I want to hike more…
Lisa: I’m the Marketing & Communications Director for the non-profit, The Water Project. We provide water and sanitation systems in Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone. I also love spending time with my husband and our two pups. We love hiking, music, and exploring all New Hampshire has to offer!

What was your first race?
Emily: I can’t remember if it was a Color Run in Haverhill, or the Feaster Five in Andover. They both probably happened in the same year.
Lisa: I’ve done several 5ks but my first real distance race was the Baltimore Half Marathon like 10 years ago (I used to live in Maryland).

What was your favorite race?
Emily: The Feaster Five is my favorite to do every year! I’ve been running the 5K course for years (most of the time it was the only running I did all year), but in 2017 I finally considered myself a RUNNER and tackled the 5mi course and ran an incredible pace! I felt so strong and happy that day!
Lisa: I love 10ks so the Capital City 10k is one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to signing up for another half soon. We’re lucky that we have so many races to choose from in a small radius here in New England.

Most memorable run?
Emily: This is hard to answer. I pick memorable races to train for, but end up running other memorable races during training. Disney (Princess Half, Tinkerbell Half, and Disney Marathon) were all memorable. Traveler’s Half was my first half, so that’s memorable. My first marathon was Wineglass, and that was memorable (although not in a particularly good way). Hitting an 11mm pace at the Feaster Five last year was certainly memorable. Heading into Wineglass, I had some really awesome training runs with Jane Twomey… I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. And Reach the Beach… oh man… that was just such an awesome experience.
Lisa: When my husband and I were training at Lake Massabesic (set out to do 9 miles) and we saw a moose!!! It was my dream come true. Who would have thought we’d see a moose so close to our home?! I’ve only lived in NH for 4 years so I know I’m pretty lucky to have seen one already!

Why do you love SRTT-NH?
Emily: I was so lucky to discover this group. Without it, I don’t know that I would have enjoyed training for my first half (or enjoyed the race itself) if I hadn’t had familiar faces making sure I got my training done, or seeing me at the start line. I definitely wouldn’t have run a marathon or two. I wouldn’t have nearly as much fun as I do when I get to organize newbie runs that end with tacos at La Carreta, or cheering for people at races and seeing familiar faces smile when they see me with my goofy bullhorn. I would be such a sad couch potato if it weren’t for this incredibly fun, supportive group of women.
Lisa: Being relatively new to NH, finding this group was a life-changer. Talk about an inspiring group of ladies. Even before I joined a group run, I looked forward to posting my runs in the group—it was truly motivating to get me out and moving. Then, I joined my first group run and I met so many nice women and so many who are my pace or who are willing to run at my pace. I never thought I’d be someone who ran with others, I was such a solo runner. Now, I only want to run with others! I also find it so inspiring to be part of a group of women who support each other and pick each other up (even outside of running). I think it really sets a tone for how I look at other woman and I’m excited to have all these positive women around me as I become a first-time mom. I absolutely love being a part of this group!