Meet the 2014 Marathon Team

Colleen Joy Kucera

I grew up very active, involved with sports and other school activities. In my 30’s I’m still motivated to be active and fit, but with such a busy schedule I have to make everything a commitment and often I don’t find time to hit the gym as often as I’d like. I also like french fries… a lot. Many friends of mine have inspired me to run before. I’ve done 5k races as well as The Broad Street Run. I trained for a marathon last year, but with difficulty training I found myself nursing both an injured knee and ego. This year I saw an opportunity to run to raise money for PAWS, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. I have to be honest, I signed up for the charity slot without really thinking it through. But I remembered how much success Kasey had with the You Should Be Running Crew of 2013. I’m looking forward to the work and challenges ahead as well as the friendships I’ll make along the way. This will surely be life changing. The only thing greater than raising $1,500 for PAWS will be crossing that finish line in November!

 

Lindsey Bloor

Lindsey Bloor

I’ve always been one of those ” yo-yo” exercises/dieters. You know, the kind who gets really into it for a while but then slowly falls out of it. I always seem to pick myself up and start over again, but I’m sick of starting over! Running has always been the part I dread the most. Recently, after a lot of Kasey’s boot camp sessions, I’m starting to enjoy it! I want this to be my final ‘start’ and begin a new lifestyle! Seeing all the success of last year’s ‘you should be runners’ gave me more motivation to start this program. I kept thinking to myself “I should’ve signed up for that”. I was a little hesitant to sign up this year as well but I didn’t want to look back again and regret not doing it. I’m definitely nervous but also excited to do something I never thought I’d do!

Beth Kutler

Beth Kutler

What inspired me to do this marathon program is my sister she told me about you and Goals Fit and the beginner marathon program. She said there was a clip from the news about the program. I watched the clip and that inspired me along with the stories from the You Should be Running facebook page. The other inspiration myself. I always wanted to run and new I could but, just didn’t know where to begin or have the push to get started and having asthma has held me back. It just came to the point that I got tired of myself feeling lazy, putting on weight and not feeling good on the inside and not liking what I was seeing happening on the outside. Going into this program and participating with others who are beginners taking on this challenge was another inspiration.

The reason I want to run this marathon is to give myself a challenge that I never thought I would even consider. I have watched and cheered for people I know in marathons and other long distance runs and I wanted to be on the other side crossing the finish line. I never thought I would start out with a marathon but, said to myself this is something I want. I want to do this for me.

What I am looking to get out of this program is a start to a healthier life, losing weight, setting goals and meeting some great new people. When the program is over to keep running and be an inspiration to others.

Jaime Sabella Gravinese

Jaime Sabella Gravinese

My sister asked me if I’d like to train for a marathon with her. I laughed when she first mentioned it. I have no idea how I’d be able to fit that in…the only running I do is from place to place- to work, to home, to school, to taking care of my family, etc… I haven’t found a way to fit in working out. My daughter is now 15 months old and I feel like I can’t use “baby weight” as an excuse anymore. It’s time for me to get back into shape. I had the pleasure of going to college with Kasey, so I already know she’s amazing…and if anyone can get me to the finish line, it’s her. I’m hoping to drag my husband along for this ride (and those that know us know that he’ll be the one carrying both of us), so hopefully we will be making it to November. Fingers crossed!

Erin Brown

Erin Brown

 

My sister Sara, introduced me to the running program, You Should Be Running. Both my sister and husband share a love for running and I am looking forward to beginning my quest of becoming one. I do not currently run, I am always the fan cheering on my husband and sister at various running event. I currently do not have an exercise regimen and am looking for a physical as well as mental challenge to complete during the last year of my 20’s and YOU SHOULD BE RUNNING hits all of the notes. Here goes nothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krista Michalowski

Krista Michalowski

 

My name is Krista and have had the joy of being a Manayunker for the last 8 years with my husband Dan. I’ve been married for four years (together for 11…yikes!) and have a Shiba Inu named Stitch and a beautiful 8 week old baby boy named Grayson. While he was totally worth it, pregnancy did pack on the pounds, which is my main reason for joining the program. Since I was a teenager I have struggled with my weight and pre pregnancy I proudly lost over 100 pounds by eating smart (paleo diet), power vinyasa yoga at Hotbox, spinning at The Wall, and running on my own. Since I’ve always enjoyed running and since Juliet Stabler is a fantastic motivator, I figured “why not”! So here I am – literally running towards my next goal – marathon shape and pre baby weight!!

Natalie Weymouth Annechini

Natalie Weymouth Annechini

“Like many people, my time is heavily divided between work and family. I have two beautiful children (Hunter, 4 and Marlo, 1) who are the loves of my life. Being a working Mom who travels 2-3 days a week, I try to spend all my non-working hours with them. This definitely takes a toll on my (former) fitness routine. My objective is two-fold:

1. Whip this body into shape.
2. Push myself WAY outside my 5 mile comfort zone.

I am inspired by Kasey’s pledge to turn even the inexperienced into marathoners, and the stories of those who have accomplished this goal already. I look forward to the challenge and camaraderie! Here’s to an exciting six months ahead…”

Erin Hall

Erin Hall

I am super excited and nervous to start. I decided to join the program because I want to love running! I have always been active but avoided running at all cost. A few weeks ago my best friend, who is an avid runner was diagnosed with cancer and was told she would be out of commission for a while. The day she told me that I signed up for the program so that in September when she is better we can run it together. I am really excited to do this program not only for myself but for her. See you in a week!

Tom Giaquinto

Tom Giaquinto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have struggled with weight since graduating college. I was active all of my life so I never worried about diet or fitness. Like many others, I started to gain weight when I worked my first office job. I spent 8 to 10 hours a day sitting at a desk. Several times I tried to lose weight by exercising and dieting. Ten years ago I committed to a weight loss program and lost 100 lbs!! I was running and lifting weights almost every day. I participated in several 5K’s. After almost two years of keeping the weight off I participated in a 5-mile trail race. During the first mile of that race I fell on a gravel path and my cut my knee pretty badly. I finished the race, but developed a serious infection and had to stop running for several months. When I tried to come back it was a struggle and I fell out of my routine. I started to gain weight again. I have tried to lose weight but I have never had the success I previously experienced. I have since suffered with depression and a serious back injury, due to two herniated disks. I was barely able to walk upright for almost a year. My wife, Rainbow, has been telling me all about Kasey’s You Should Be Running program since last year. She is an avid runner and has attended several of Kasey’s boot camp classes. She is constantly inspiring me to keep trying. Kasey’s runners from last year were an inspiration to me and I am excited to have the opportunity to participate this year. I know that this is exactly what I have been looking for to get me back on track. I was a happier person when I participated in a fitness program. I can’t wait to be re-introduced to that version of myself that I miss so much.

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Jen Bauer
For me, You Should Be Running is not about doing the marathon but conquering my 40’s and how much my body has changed. Evidenced by the fact that I am giving Kasey a 4 year old picture because that’s where I would like to at least get back to, weight and fitness wise. The whole time the last group was training I would read the blogs and see the FB posts and think wow I should have signed up for this. They are the ones that inspired me to even think I can do this. Do I think I can do this? Nope. But I will now have a group that I hope inspires and challenges me. I’m looking forward to this new start but am also waiting for the fail.

 

 

 

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I found my love for fitness over 10 years ago when I literally was at rockbottom in my life. I was pushing class 2 obesity, pre-diabetic and just falling into a really bad downward spiral. I was told I needed to lose weight and my initial reaction was to cry and that’s exactly what I did. I cried for a couple hours and then had a realization that I was finally ready to change my life for good. No more slim fast or cabbage soup diet –

I was going to do this the right way and keep the weight off for good. In combination with a healthy diet, I began to run and spin. In the beginning I would run at night so no one would see me because I was still embarrassed that I was so heavy and was scared I would be made fun of. Then one day I just woke up and said I don’t care who can see me – I am doing healthy things for myself and people can think what they want. I fell in love with running and told myself I was going to train for the Philly marathon. I ended up hurting my knee and had to toss that goal aside for the time being. Fast forward 10 years and I am pulling that goal back out of the closet.Running helped save my life and I really can’t explain the feeling of finally being able to have the opportunity to accomplish this goal. I am in the best shape of my life and know this is my time to do this. I have re-fallen in love with running again and can’t wait to fulfill the goal I started 10 years ago.

When I am not running, I am teaching classes at my cycling studio in
Manayunk called The Wall Cycling Studio. My husband Karl helped me open
this studio and I have made it my goal to show as many people as possible how much fun fitness can be.

I am also the Chapter Coordinator of the National Canine Cancer Foundation and love going out to dinner with my husband and spending time with our French Bulldog, Brooklyn. Karl is my biggest supporter and I can’t wait to achieve this goal with him waiting at the finish line for me.

 

 

Dr. Deidre Anderson

Dr. Deidre Anderson

At a very young age, I was diagnosed with asthma. Throughout my childhood, that diagnosis offered me all sorts of “outs” when it came to my physical fitness. I was excused from participating in most gym activities and never even thought about becoming involved in sports. As a young adult, the thought of working out or engaging in sports never even crossed my mind. About 10 years ago, a woman at my church started a step aerobics class. She dragged me into the class – kicking and screaming (and protesting that I couldn’t do it as an “asthmatic”) – and I wound up losing a ton of weight and falling it love with the class. The class sparked a commitment to a healthier lifestyle that I have adopted ever since. I joined the Y and participated in Zumba, spinning, aerobics and a whole host of other group classes; however, “running” has always been taboo. My mantra has been “I can’t run because I am asthmatic.”

Over the past few years, I have set a “Go Big Goal!” every year. Last year, that goal was to learn how to swim. And I did!! At the end of 2013, I saw a report on CBS news about your program. I have always admired joggers when I am out riding my bike or taking a walk along the water. It seems to be so freeing and exhilarating. When I saw the report on the You Should Be Running program…my heart leaped. I knew what my 2014 stretch goal would be. Not only SHOULD I be running, but with your help, I WILL BE RUNNING by the end of 2014.

I have gone to an asthma specialist three times in preparation for the start of our program next week. I am on a daily inhaler that makes me feel like I can take on the world. Thank you, Kasey, for your commitment to helping inexperienced runners like me achieve such an awesome goal. I hope to prove your point, “Anyone can do a marathon.”

One comment on “Meet the 2014 Marathon Team
  1. goalsfitness@hotmail.com says:

    GO TEAM GO

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