14 Team Urban Initiatives runners have been training hard since this past Spring for the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are excited to introduce you all the members of Team UI and learn a little about why they signed up to run 26.2 for thousands of UI kids across Chicago.
Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Ryan Nugent and I live in Chicago!
What’s your favorite tune to listen to while running?
I shuffle around from 90’s to classical to podcasts.
How did you get involved with Urban Initiatives?
I first got involved through the Chicago Marathon and really loved the mission of the organization.
What has motivated you to run a marathon in general and what has motivated you to run for Urban Initiatives?
I love challenging myself and seeing what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. I’m running for Urban Initiatives because I believe in their mission statement, leadership opportunities for the kids, and the events they organize throughout the year.
What are some training challenges you’ve faced so far?
Finding motivation to run 16 miles is a challenge 🙂 I would say finding the right nutrition plan has been a challenge so far while training. This is my third marathon, but I’m finding this year to be difficult in terms of proper nutrition habits before my long run.