in their shoes: Lynn P

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


In Their Shoes: Lynn P

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

I’m Lynn Penyak. I’m a wife to Lauren and dog mom to Mia. An avid reader and Netflix binger, I also love to run, hike (what those of us in Florida call hiking 😊) and occasionally spin and do yoga. My day job is overseeing research strategy for a multi-state hospital system. In case you were wondering, yes, my doggie has an Instagram and she can be found at @PrincessMiaLoves. 

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?

Running! I’ve been a consistent runner for 6 years now with an additional 5 or so of “I need to lose weight so I’ll go for a run,” prior to that. What moved me from the weight goal to fitness goal was being diagnosed with asthma as an adult. I now don’t own a scale and judge myself by how my clothes fit and how my breathing is. I run races and don’t actually have a favorite distance. I’ve run 2 marathons with a goal to complete 5 in my lifetime and then focus on shorter. That said, 5k’s and half’s are currently my jam.

Q3: What is your driving force behind your sport?

I started to run consistently because of asthma however now see it as a defining part of who I am. When I introduce myself I don’t say what I do for a living, I say, “I’m Lynn. I love to run, read and play with my dog.” I want to run well into old age. 

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

Passionate, Loyal, Determined

Q5: What is your favorite thing to listen to while working out (music, podcast, audiobook, etc)...or do you prefer to go without headphones?

I listen to music; however don’t have a playlist. I turn on the an app and just go. It’s more about the meditation of the beat.

Q6: What is your favorite meal or recipe?

Ummm… I don’t cook. 😊 Thankfully my wife loves to cook so my favorite meal is honey chicken, kale and brown Basmati rice. YUM.

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

Night by Eli Wiesel. Just read it. You’ll understand. 

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

Friends, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder!

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

Brooks all the way! #RunHappy

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