Each week, we'll be profiling members of our action team. Tune in and learn some more about these amazing womyn.
In Their Shoes: Amy D
Q1: Who are you? Describe your work, life, and sport of choice.
I am Amy DiTommaso, High School History teacher by day, tiny run club leader by night. When I am not teaching and/or helping my own two little learners (Daughter who is 7 and a son who is almost 5) you can find me running around the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, NY.
Q2: What is your sport of choice? How did you get started with it? Do you compete in races, if so what's your favorite distance?
I started running in high school when I switched from basketball to cross country. Though I did not continue with this in college, I continued to run as a means to feel healthy both physically and mentally. I have run many road races, though it’s hard to choose a favorite distance. I think they all have their merits! 5Ks are great spurts of energy and are so fun to run, while a marathon proves to myself I am capable of really hard amazing things.
Q3: What is your driving force behind your sport?
I run to keep my body and mind strong. Especially this year, it has been my saving grace and the push I need to get outside when it would be so easy to stay inside all day every day. I also love the community aspect of running. I love to be in a group of runners of all speeds and abilities. Even if you don’t stick together, you start and finish together and there is great power of community in that.
Q4: What are three words that people use to describe you?
Loyal, Organized, Hard headed :)
Q5: What is your favorite thing to listen to while working out (music, podcast, audiobook, etc)...or do you prefer to go without headphones?
When I run it is always music! Though through training for my first marathon a few years ago I started completing more and more runs without headphones and it became a new experience all in itself.
Q6: What is your favorite meal or recipe?
My favorite meal ever still has to be a big salad, followed by pasta with homemade sauce. This has been my favorite since I can remember being asked what my favorite meal is, so I guess I was destined to be a runner haha.
Q7: Name a book you recommend to all your friends?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, no matter what is new in the world of books I think this one still rings true for what people need in their hearts.
Q8: What is your secret pleasure TV show to indulge in?
Everything and anything that HGTV or the Food network produce! I want to know how to do that to my house and how to make it in my kitchen and feel pretty confident after watching just a few shows haha
Q9: Last question - what are your favorite workout shoes?
Right now I am going between 3, On Cloudflows, Brooks Levitates and Altra Escalantes. Trying not to wear down any one pair too fast. I wish I could make a combo of the three as there are parts I like about all of them and have yet to ever find the perfect sneaker!