Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Shari Wagner, who holds a Masters in Exercise and Sports Science, and currently lives in New York City. Shari signed up with Team in Training for her first marathon in San Diego in 2007. She fell in love with the race scene, and wanted to do more.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
As of now, I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment would be to have completed two marathons. I know it might not sound like much to many of the runners out there, but from going to never running to just picking up and running a marathon, takes hard work and dedication as most of you know.
How did you achieve it?
It takes pushing through pain, and pushing yourself to limits you never though were possible within yourself. I took a few years off from doing races due to financial reasons, and now I am trying to get back into it.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Everyone needs help in some way. Just like I have had help getting things that I need, other people need the same done for them. If I can do something to help out in any way, then I am going to do what I can.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Staying healthy can bit a bit of a challenge, especially if you do not have the monetary funds to do so. But, I get by with what I can and get my weekly runs in. I currently run three times a week, which will increase to four in the upcoming weeks. On my off days of running, I like to get to the gym and do weight training. Since I have to be at work at 6:30am, the alarm clock goes off at 3:45am. It might seem extreme, but I know myself and I will not want to do it when I get off work at 6 pm. I am much more of a morning workout person anyway.
What’s the best piece of advise you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice I have ever received was to know who is packing your parachute. This was a topic in one of my graduate classes, but it holds true for everyday life. Always know who is packing your parachute. Everyone has had help to get them to where they are today. Whether it be emotionally, financially, spiritually, or physically. Always be grateful for the people in your life, because they have helped you and shaped you into the person you are today.
What is your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
Since I cannot donate to these organizations financially, I love that there is an application that can do it for me…all I have to do is run. Since I am going to run anyway, why not have the miles I run go towards something good? I think the app is brilliant, and I am so grateful that it exists.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
Cancer has been a constant in my family. I lost my grandmother to cancer in 2001, and my dad has been battling with lung cancer. I am running in honor of them. I am running for people who do not have the option to run anymore. I may not be the fastest, or go the furthest, but no matter what, I will keep going.