Mireille Sine

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Q. Who are you and what you do for a living?

Hi! My name is Mireille and I am currently a Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

This can be difficult! I used a planner to map out my week and workouts and even though I work full time, I still hold running as priority because I know it helps me be a better person overall. So using a planner really helps me get a birds’ eye view on what my week looks like so that I can distribute my energy as best as possible. 

Q. When and why did you start running?

I first started running in high school as a way to participate in Track & Field with my friends. Fast forward to college where I pick it up again after moving into my first apartment and coming to terms with how unhealthy/overweight I had become after living in the dorms for two years. Later on when I was diagnosed with Lupus, running became a way to challenge myself, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and motivate others.

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it?

I stay motivated to get out there because I always feel better and stronger after a run. I love taking a little bit of time to do something you genuinely enjoy that also happens to be good for you. You can’t beat that!

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?

I have the confidence to run in the streets because I know that I am a strong, powerful women and the streets belong to me too. The streets are where challenges are met and surpassed. The streets are where communities form and grow. The streets are definitely fun to play in.

Q. What was your best running experience?

I have two! The first one would be training for and completing my first marathon with BlacklistLA. The second was going through the process of completing my first ultramarathon last year. I grew and learned a lot through both of those experiences; they will always be so valuable to me.

Q. What was your worst running experience?

My worst running experience was when I cramped up during my first few marathons! I was definitely caught off guard because I never cramped during training. Since then, I started experimenting with new ways to fuel and hydrate so that I never let a cramp stop me from getting my best time possible.

Q. How do you push through the pain?

If it’s the type of pain that I know is only a temporary discomfort, it’s much easier to push through because I know it’s helping me build a tolerance. You will go through pain in running at different stages and it helps knowing that there was once a time when you DREAMED of being where you are currently. I use that as motivation for the pain. 

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?

First, congratulations on taking a positive step in your health and lifestyle wellness. Second, Rome wasn’t built in a day! It is very important to let your body adjust to your new activity slowly. Maybe you start running for 5 minutes, or maybe it’s just one mile. Asses how you feel after each run not just so you learn how to take care of yourself, but also so you can look back later on to see how far you’ve come!

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you?

Instagram is the best way to interact with me. You can find at @mireille.sine


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