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in their shoes: Jaimie P

in their shoes: Jaimie P

Each week, we'll be profiling members of our action team. Tune in and learn some more about these amazing womyn.

In their Shoes: Jaimie P

Q1: Who are you? Describe your work, life, and the sport of choice.

 Hello, I am Jaimie Polanco, and I am currently a senior studying Marketing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and for the past four years, I have been on the track team. When I graduate I am hoping to find a career in social media marketing because that is where I have gained the most interest through working in internships. In my free time from studying for school or running for track, I also enjoy indoor rock climbing.  

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 have been running since I was in the 8th grade. In my early years of racing, I primarily focused on 400s, but as I became more experienced, my coaches and I decided that 800s is where I shine the most. 

In high school, I only ran in outdoor track because I played other sports during the other seasons, but as I am competing in college I have done cross country as long with indoor and outdoor. I would say my favorite season is indoor track mostly because it is the longest out of the three and I love being able to run in a controlled environment because you never know what the weather is going to be when your run outside. 

Q3: What is your driving force behind your sport?

Running has allowed me to discover who I really am. It brings me joy to be able to go out for a long run with myself or friends and to just get in the groove of a nice pace. Whatever my mood may be, if I go for a run, I always feel better when I get home. 

Q4: What are three words that people use to describe you?

Motivated, determined, and fun!

Q5: What is your favorite thing to listen to while working out (music, podcast, audiobook, etc)

Music of course! I actually don’t have anything in particular that I listen to. I usually switch around playlists often. As long as there is something playing in the background while I am running I am happy. 

Q6: What is your favorite meal or recipe?

I love food so much, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, for breakfast I really enjoy having avocado toast. It is such a go-to and I can never get enough of it. 

Q7: Name a book you recommend to all your friends?

I actually don’t really read very often so the only thing I would recommend is any cookbook to learn some delicious recipes! 

Q8: What is your secret pleasure TV show to indulge in?

Two shows that I can watch over and over again without ever getting tired of are The Office and Parks and Recreation. I have watched both shows at least three times each :) . 

Q9: Last question - what are your favorite workout shoes?

From my flats to my spikes, and finally the trainers, I run in all New Balance. I have never come across any issue with them and I love the support that each of my shoes gives me. 


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