Member Spotlight Monday: Carol Heunisch

Member Spotlight Monday: Carol Heunisch

This week’s Member Spotlight Monday is Carol Heunisch. Carol started running in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since, running countless 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. She will be running 3 marathon majors this fall and will officially have completed all 6 in 2019! Thank you, Carol, for sharing your running story and for being an inspiration!

Q: How long have you been a runner?

Carol: I have been running since about 2005. Geez, why didn’t I start sooner?

Q: Why did you start running?

Carol: I started running basically for stress reduction. At the time I started running, my daughters were still in grade school, and my parents started having health issues that required me to help them out as well. And oh yes, I work full-time as well as a pharmacy manager in a hospital, so I’m pretty much always on call. One day I just decided to go out and run at Melas Park. I still shudder when I think of what I wore—cotton! Who does that? But I fell in love with running, ran outside all summer and fall, bought a dreadmill, and pretty much ran 5-7 miles every day. After about 6 years, I figured I should run a race—and it probably took me another year to get up enough nerve to run a 5K. In 2013, I signed up to run Chicago, and also ran an obscene number of half-marathons, 5 and 10ks. I got derailed shortly after that with my parents issues, but got back into running last year. I ran Chicago in 2017, and also ran Boston and London this year. And please note, I ran Boston for charity—I’m way tooooo slooooow to time qualify! I’ll leave that to you youngsters.

Q: How did you find BWRC and why did you join?

Carol: I found BWRC because after the CARA marathon training season ended last year, Jimmy sent out an email saying that he and Amanda were forming the club, so I thought I should join to keep myself motivated in the off season. I have always kicked myself when I hibernate over the winter and have to start training from scratch in the spring. I still don’t like running in the cold but I enjoyed running this winter with the group.

Q: Why do you run?

Carol: I run because I hope it’s going to keep me healthy and living for awhile longer. I’m happy to say that I don’t have many of the geriatric health issues that many people do, and I attribute that to running. It also helps to keep my weight in check and I generally feel better about myself and the world after a run. You know how you get anxious and crabby if you miss a run? Yep, that’s me. Plus runners are just awesome people, and our club has a bunch of the best. I usually don’t talk much when I run but I love to eavesdrop on everyone’s conversations.

Q: Do you have any upcoming races or goals we should know about?

Carol: It’s embarrassing but I’m running Berlin, Chicago and New York this year. Dumb luck, I got lottery entries for both Berlin and New York! I always run Chicago for the American Heart Association because my father had heart failure, and I myself had atrial fibrillation. And then I’m running Tokyo in 2019—completing my 6 star!

Q: What does BWRC mean to you?

Carol: What a great group of people! I’ve really gotten to the point of disliking running alone and always try to join a group run—and it seems like someone is running somewhere in the area every day.

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