ninamontalvocarrThe first time I ran more than two miles without stopping, I…
Was in the 9th grade, cross country. Joined the team. Didn’t know what in the world I was getting into and realized how much I loved it!

If I didn’t run, I would…
Be miserable and lazy!!

Favorite Shoe…
Nike+ AirMax Moto 6 running shoe

What is your motivation?
My family is my motivation. To be in the best shape ever so that I’m healthy and strong to continue to take care of my 4 toddlers (all under the age of 5) and to be around for them for a very long time.

Hot or cold weather runner?
Seeing as how I was raised in Miami, FL-definitely a HOT weather runner.

How often do you race?
Just started racing again after more than 7 years off. Started training only 2 months ago and ran the Turkey Trot 8k race in Marion. Felt so great to get back out there and compete. Although, I need a lot more training to get back to how I used to run just tying up my laces and feeling the adrenaline rush again made me feel proud to do this for me and my family.

Favorite gel flavor?
huh?

Ever run a marathon?
Never ran a marathon, but planning on running the St. Louis half marathon in April.

Care to run another (or a first one)?
Definitely! Looking forward to 2010 races.

If I could run with anyone, it would be?
My brother and my dad. Many, many years ago my brother, Erik was an All-State Cross country runner in Miami and my dad (Ary) was Coach of the Year for cross country in FL more than 3 years in a row. They are great role models and I admire their strong work ethic and dedication to the sport.

Rather run alone, or with a partner?
I enjoy running with a partner to push me to my limit.

Race you’d like to forget
None.

Favorite local race
I’m looking forward to the the 2010 Alliant Energy 8k.

Ever win your age group?
No, but my goal is to change that next year! Ha! :0)

Listen to music when running?
All the time. The more motivation the better my stride gets.

Ever run in a costume?
No.

Best part of running?
Knowing you can push yourself and the feeling you get when your time has improved…That’s always a great feeling!

What I do to support my running habit (occupation)?
I’m a stay at home mom and run a part time cleaning business-Green Earth Commercial Cleaning.