Meet another one of our amazing LA Marathon team members: Anu Patel! Anu grew up in a small city in India and moved to LA 10 years ago, where she’s worked in sales and as a financial planner since then. She’s a bundle of energy who loves to laugh, enjoys life to the fullest, and is always up for doing something outdoors! We got to ask her our 5 top questions:
Q: Hey, Anu! What made you lace up your running shoes and join our team for the LA Marathon?
My friend Joy talked me into it! She thinks that I can do this and I decided that I have to give it a shot. It’s an extreme activity and I always said I would never run a marathon because it’s 20 miles too long! But here I am, motivated, excited, and committed to doing this! And it’s great to have my friends I’ve known for 10 yrs running with me, including Tony!
Q: How’s your training going so far and what keeps you motivated?
My training is going pretty well and I have some great support from the friends that I’ve been running with! What keeps me motivated is that I’m the first person in my family to ever do anything at this level. Kind of a huge deal! I have always wanted to do something extreme, and given that I have no real background in running, this is definitely extreme and it’s been on my bucket list for a while. What better time to do this than now?!
Q: What do you love to do in your free time?
I love being active—it’s actually a need given the amount of energy I have on a daily basis! I love hiking, yoga, biking, running, and being outside with nature. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places, so whenever possible, I’m outdoors a lot!
Q: A little birdie tells us you’re a die hard Seattle Seahawks fan. You must’ve been happy after the Superbowl! How’d you spend the Superbowl and did you celebrate their win?
OMG! This is funny! I’m a huge Seahawks Fan! I loved every second of this season and also saw my first Hawks game in SF (terrible stadium and will never go back there! Haha). I spent the last game at this bar in Hollywood called T’keila, which is a Seahawks bar and it was nuts! I was ecstatic about the win and it was great to spend it with other amazing, die-hard Hawks fans! I even kept a score sheet all season long with all the games we won and lost. What an amazing season!
Q: And lastly, what drew you to our Project Cookstoves?
My friend Tony works for your non-profit and told me about this project. I want to do my best to help raise money and support a project that helps and directly supports people to better their quality of life. I am happy to be a part of the this campaign and help out the best way I can!