I’m back with another post in my interview series. Today, I’m so happy to introduce you to my friend and run-spiration, Margaret from Young and Rungry. Not only is she a kick-ass runner (3:25 marathon!), but she is an all-around supportive and caring person. That combo makes for someone special. Margaret just started her blog in June of 2015 yet it ranks as one of my favorites for its great content and, most importantly, her honest and down-to-earth writing.
I was excited to talk to her about running, eating and life outside of blogging. I’ve linked to her social media accounts at the bottom so be sure to give her a follow. My comments in the interview are in red italics.
Interview with Margaret Molenti, Blogger + Runner
Q: We’ll start with the basics…what’s life like behind the blog? AKA where do you live and what do you do? :)
I am originally from Nashville, TN but after college I got a job in Memphis and have been here for almost two years. I am a Recreational Therapist and work with people with disabilities. I joke and say I get paid to play or that my work is play and my play is work (it kind of is though since I run, blog, and cook for fun). Other than that I love spending time with my big Italian family, getting back together with my college friends, and doing anything outdoors.
Q: You are a seasoned marathoner but how/when did you first start running?
My parents put me in Cross Country in Kindergarten so I guess that’s where it all started. I did that until 8th grade, but I chose basketball and volleyball for my first two years of High School. Eventually realized that I was the only one who got excited when our coaches told us to put on our running shoes before practice and I switched back over to Cross Country and Track so I could do it all the time. I didn’t run on the collegiate level, but I certainly didn’t stop when I went off to school. I did my first marathon my sophomore year on the Appalachian Trail and have been all about distance since.
Q: What is your favorite thing about running? Least favorite?
It’s so hard for me to pick one thing. I don’t want to be cliché, but it’s just such a big part of me and there’s just so many reasons as to why I do it. I’m super competitive so I love racing, but I also love long leisurely runs. I’m a huge advocate for the social part and running community, but I also cherish the runs by myself and using it to clear my head. My least favorite thing is probably the pressure that I put on myself to win or PR.
Q: What is your favorite/most cherished race memory?
What a great question! There’s a lot, but probably my marathon that I did in Amsterdam in college. I worked in Aspen for a summer and joined a marathon team that does a destination race each year to raise money for the non-profit I worked for. It was such a cool experience and actually my first time overseas. The only downside was that a lot of it was on cobble stone and I couldn’t understand anyone who was cheering for me. And what is a kilometer? (The feeling you get when you have to do math while running….)
Q: Other than running, what types of exercise do you enjoy?
I’m big on adventure so when I’m not running or trail running I love to go rock climbing and mountain biking with my boy friend. He’s a stud with that kind of stuff, but he’s great about finding routes or trails that he knows won’t kill me! I also like to swim, do yoga, and occasionally cycle, but I do those more for fitness and the first two things for fun.
Q: Let’s talk food…what are five foods you always have on hand?
Q: What is your go-to meal for busy nights?
I think all food tastes good so I could honestly eat baked or sautéed chicken and steamed veggies and be happy as a clam. I do like to fancy things up and test out new recipes all the time, but when I’m incredibly busy simple is okay with me! (Simple is my motto, too!)
Q: What does it mean to you to live a healthyish life?
I think it’s being physically healthy with still maintaining a healthy mindset. It’s all about making conscious efforts to increase your health in many different ways, but not getting too particular or obsessive that it starts to prioritize over relationships and happiness. Emily, you’re the perfect example of balance and healthyish! (Yes, I pay my friends to say nice things. Kidding..I’m so flattered).
This or That…
Almond butter or peanut butter or cashew butter (because that’s a popular one!)?
Ooo probably cashew butter since I have the option!
Beach or mountains?
Running or yoga?
Winter or summer?
Morning or evening?
NYC or California?
California (Napa Valley, please)
Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?
Rachel or Monica?
Gah, who knew this would be the hardest question? Rachel I guess, but it’s such a close call.
She’s just the best. Thanks again to Margaret and check out her social media accounts below.