#AreteFridayFeature Monique, 37, is one of the original 20 teammates of Arete and a backbone of our team. She’s a teacher and mom to 6-year-old and 3-year-old twins. We’ve loved watching her rediscover running these last few years, as it’s been a tool to make this chapter of life more fun, and as she says, “survive motherhood.” ;-) .
⚡️How'd you find your way to Arete?
💙knew Mary and Melissa (co-founders) from running in high school and when they sent out a message about starting a women's running team in Santa Cruz I was all for it. At that point, I was a mom of a 3-year-old and twin babies (and a total fun runner) so the thought of training sounded a bit scary/impossible, but I was so excited for the team aspect! .
⚡️Best part of being on the team?
💙Once I joined Arete, I realized how much I had missed running on a team since college. I love having women to run with that just get this phase of life (kids, jobs, outside obligations). The friendships made or strengthened through the bond that running together fosters is pretty amazing. I also think doing intervals or tough workouts with teammates pushes me and it's WAY more fun! .
⚡️why do you like training for races:
💙I have come to truly enjoy the process that goes into a training cycle. I love challenging myself and running with teammates who push you, yet make it fun (special shout-out to Kathy Wiles). Of course a PR is the icing on the cake, but I've come to love and appreciate the journey. .
⚡️Best part of Santa Cruz running:
💙You can run in the forest or by the ocean. You can also run during any time of the day and all year long due to our mild weather! .
⚡️What inspires you?
💙My kids truly inspire me. I want to be a role model for my girls in a way that shows them the power in sports. I'll bring them to track workouts periodically when my husband is working and hearing them cheer, "Go Mommy!" and asking if they can run some laps together, makes my heart sing! Many of the women on this team also inspire me! .
💙I'm fairly new to the marathon game having just run two (CIM and Boston) and