Last week I was invited to the adidas x Parley Run For The Oceans event in New York City. It was a big party with music, a fast 5K run, food, drinks but most importantly with a lot of inspiring athletes from all over the world. A friend of mine introduced me to Marnie Kunz who is the founder of Runstreet art runs here in the city.
I found out that Marnie is also a running coach, a lifelong runner, also has a passion for art and Miami and lives in New York City. A day later I reached out to her again and asked if she would like to do a Q&A for my blog and I’m so excited she said “YES”.
Marnie enjoys spreading her love of running and adventure by leading urban running experiences that highlight local street art in off-the-beaten-path places. In addition to running and art, Marnie loves traveling and is happily bringing Runstreet art runs to cities around the world. Marnie is a former reporter and news editor and still enjoys writing articles, blogs, poetry and creative projects.
Q&A with Marnie from Runstreet
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR VERY FIRST RUN?
I have ran most of my life. As a kid I grew up running and playing in the woods and on the playground at school but I didn’t become an official “runner” until I was 13, when I joined my school’s cross country team. I remember feeling like the first practice lasted so long – to run 2 miles felt like forever.
WHY DO YOU RUN?
I run to feel free and strong, to explore, to relieve stress, to have fun and to connect with the world around me. Sometimes I get caught up in my head and my work and running gets me out and into the world. I love finding beauty on my runs and exploring places with street art is my fave.
WHAT’S IN YOUR GYM BAG RIGHT NOW?
OMG my whole life. I feel like in New York you carry a lot naturally since we don’t have cars usually and on top of that my schedule literally has me running all over the city so I have a pair of gym/running clothes, makeup, shower bag, Clif protein bars, subway pass, wallet, and exercise bands. I haven’t packed my bag yet for tomorrow though LOL.
WHATS THE STORY BEHIND “RUNSTREET”
I began Runstreet as a running blog in 2010 when I was freelance writing and going through a rough period between jobs and figuring out my next chapter in life. I’ve always loved running and was a journalist at the time so decided I could produce my own running-related media for Runstreet and inspire others to run. I’ve always loved art and aesthetics and I wanted to give the site an edgy, colorful spin that went outside of the traditional running media visuals I grew up with of someone running and smiling on a hill or in a race.
I got certified as a running coach to give more credibility to my training articles and videos. When I moved to NYC and started posting a lot of the street art I saw on my runs, people kept asking me where I found the art so i decided to organize the first art run, in Brooklyn. Now we have done a few hundred art runs all over NYC and in other cities as well – ranging from Miami to Chicago.
WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER AS THE HARDEST CHALLENGE SO FAR IN RUNNING?
The hardest challenge so far in running has been times when I have prolonged injuries. My longest was a pulled hamstring and IT band issues after the NYC Marathon in 2014. I started swimming to stay (semi) sane while I went to PT for almost a year.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Art inspires me a lot on my runs and traveling. I love exploring and seeing new art and the creative way people express themselves. I feel like street art captures the soul of a city. Running is also the best way to learn about a new city or one you live in.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE RUNNING DESTINATION?
My favorite running destination so far is Miami. I love running around Wynnwood Art District with all the epic murals. My favorite running destination on my list of places to visit is Rio.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE RUNNING QUOTE?
“I love to run. I feel free and complete. The feeling of moving fast is just magical; it’s wonderful.” ~Terezinha Guilhermina, Paralympic athlete from Brazil
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