Each week, we'll be profiling members of our action team. Tune in and learn some more about these amazing womyn.
In their Shoes: Nikki O
Q1: Who are you? Describe your work, life, and sport of choice.
Hi everyone! I'm Nikki O. (@nikkiohkeyf). I'm a wife, mother, and a stay-at-home mom. I have two daughters that are 4 and 3 years old, and I have one baby on the way as well as three dogs. While we've got a full house, I run around the roads, parks, and trails of Maryland.
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?
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved running while playing outside which was brought to a whole new level running competitively in high school track & field.
When I was in track, I ran the 800m and under. From high school into my adulthood, I was an inconsistent runner, but I did train for a few obstacle runs. I joined my local She Runs This Town chapter in 2018 to run in the snow in a tutu, and since then my running escalated quickly to my first marathon in 2019. Right now the 10 miler and half marathon are my favorite race distances, but I'm hoping to do an ultra in 2022.
Q3: What is your driving force behind your sport?
Growing up, my friends always told me I'd be the mom who would keep bugging her kids to play more. Running is how I play outside as an adult. I can take on a new challenge or just enjoy the outdoors. I feel most like myself when I run, and I believe my family benefits from the positive effects running has on me.
Q4: What are three words that people use to describe you?
Caring, committed, bold
Q5: What is your favorite thing to listen to while working out (music, podcast, audiobook, etc)...or do you prefer to go without headphones?
Prior to 2020 I almost always ran with a friend so I didn't listen to anything. With more solo running, I love to listen to podcasts including A to Z Running and Another Mother Runner.
Q6: What is your favorite meal or recipe?
I was spoiled by two Grandmas who are fantastic Filipino cooks. My family enjoys Chicken Adobo regularly.
Q7: Name a book you recommend to all your friends?
I'm an oldie at heart. I recommend reading Price and Prejudice at least once.
Q8: What is your secret pleasure TV show to indulge in?
I could watch Bob's Burgers over and over, and I will watch documentaries and docuseries that cover any sort of topic.
Q9: Last question - what are your favorite workout shoes?
Brooks Ghost used to be my go-to, but now I'm finding a love for my Topo Athletic Phantom shoes.