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.