Is Oprah a fan of your business? Not many people can claim that bragging right, but Monica Anderson can. Her clever print and stationary products can be found in Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Fortnum and Mason (London), as well as her online store. Oh, and she's a multiple marathoner, too. No wonder so many of her products are great gifts for runners.
Why did you start running?
I have been running short distances since high school, but after my three children were born I started again with some regularity to lose a few pounds and enjoy some time alone! After meeting some like-minded moms in the playground, we began setting goals and taking on longer distances. First it was 10, then a half, and eventually we caught the marathon bug. Our first marathon was Nov. 2001, just two months after 9/11. This year I am running the Philadelphia Marathon again on the tenth anniversary of that run.
What do you listen to when you run?
I listen to the stories, heartaches, decisions, triumphs, routines, and goals of my "long distance" friends. We vent, we support, we laugh and (sometimes) we even cry all before 6 am. I hold them responsible for my sanity. Sometimes people will ask me "How can you talk while you run?" I feel more like I run while I talk.
Occasionally when I am out running by myself, I will use the playlist my husband has made for me at Bold Pace Music. When I am racing, I will plug in at mile 17-20 as a reward and to get me through the hard miles. It really helps make those last six go by much faster. He carefully selects inspirational songs and they are synced to my pace so I feel kind of feel like he is talking to me.
What’s your favorite fitness product (that isn’t running shoes)?
This is a little embarrassing but my favorite fitness product is my Cindy Crawford (yes, the former super model circa 1980 something) workout DVD. I have my own business (www.remanents.com), three children and a traveling husband (for work). Working out at home has always been preferable to me after I run in the morning. It’s the most convenient way to get it in. This DVD includes weights, abs and legs that compliment my running all in 40 minutes.
Do you race? What’s your favorite race distance?
I love to race when I am trained. My last race was the Shamrock Marathon in March. It was a really fun race with 8 of my running pals and a great excuse to get away for the weekend. My favorite distance is a ten miler. The Broad Street Run in Philadelphia is a favorite. I do, however, love the energy around a marathon; I especially loved NYC and Boston.
What’s your favorite day-before food for a race or event? Post-race?
I love to eat rice with meat and veggies the night before a race. When I ran the National Marathon in DC in 2008 (my PR@ 3:21), I had the best kabob and rice the night before from one of our favorite places in Georgetown called Moby Dicks (not a seafood place). Having that is more superstition now, but they say it’s good to stick with what works for you. Post race I usually have to force myself to eat a PowerBar and a banana. I am usually not hungry for hours after long runs and races, but I know I need to eat.
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