Today, we are feature BFC’s resident marathon runner, Carole Dempsey. Carole has been with Bell Family Company for three years, and has really enjoyed meeting other great sitters and families. She’s also passionate about her job as an Associate Buyer at Macy’s in the Fragrance division. Originally from Maryland, Carole moved to NYC after graduating from Dickinson College 3.5 years ago. She also played basketball all four years in college and still plays during the week, when she’s not training for marathons that is.
We sat down with Carole to hear about how she balances training for a marathon, why she’s running, and more!
I have run 6 half marathons and always thought I wasn’t interested in doing a full marathon, but it was so inspiring to watch the NYC Marathon last year! There was so much excitement and support for the runners, and it was so cool to see people travel from all over the world to run in the race.
Why did you choose to fundraise for the Michael J. Fox Foundation?
In recent years, Parkinson’s has affected my family and changed our lives. I never knew much about the disease until a few years ago, and now I feel the need to make others more aware about it. I’ve also never had a charity or cause that I was passionate about until now, and this is such a great organization with a huge support system.
How do you balance training for a marathon with the other parts of your life? (I.e. family/ friends/ work)
It is extremely difficult, but I just think about how much easier the race will be if I make the time to train. There were a few half marathons that I did not train for, and they were HARD. I do not want to experience that during a 26.2 mile run. Family and friends will be supportive of something that is important to me, so that is what also makes it easier.
Is this your first marathon?
Yes, this is my first! And I want to finish this one before I start thinking about the next.
Many adults want to be physically active, but don’t think they have the time in their days to go for a jog or work out at the gym; do you have any advice?
I struggle with this as well. However, having a marathon, half marathon, 10K, or some goal makes it easier to stay active. I also feel much happier when I’ve been active. When I start to take a week or two off, I feel sluggish, tired, and eat more junk food. And a friend of mine always says, “You never regret that workouts you do, only the ones you don’t.” It is so true!
Any other comments?
My goal is to raise $5,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, so I have a ways to go and need all the support I can get. Any donation, no matter how small, would be SO appreciated!
You can donate to Carole’s run here: http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/caroledempsey
Good luck, Carole!