Manami has been working with Good Neighbors Japan since 2012, but came out recently to visit our US branch! She’s in a different country and culture, but decided to throw a half-marathon into the mix! We find that inspiring. Here’s a little introduction to this gem.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
I’m here in the US from Good Neighbors Japan!! I’m visiting LA to learn all about fundraising.
Have you always had an active lifestyle? What made you start running?
I love riding my bike on weekends to explore new places! To be honest, I’ve always been more interested in bike riding than running because it’s faster and I enjoy the breeze. But Good Neighbors gave me a reason to start running!
Have you ever tackled something as big as a marathon before?
Never! I’m actually a bit nervous because this is my first fundraising experience here in the US. Haha.
What inspired you to run the LA Marathon for Good Neighbors?
I’ve been working with Good Neighbors Japan since 2012, and I just love everyone in this organization and what they do for people with real needs. It just made sense to join in with something good our US branch was doing while I was here!
Have you had any “I hope no one saw that” moments while training?
Ha, I think sometimes I have a pretty grim face on while I’m training. I always hope no one sees that, but it’s not likely.
Do you have a mental strategy to combat thoughts of quitting if the marathon starts to get tough?
I’ll definitely remind myself why I’m running the marathon, and think of the people in Zambia who are waiting for our support!
Have you learned anything from running that has shifted your perspective of life?
Yeah, it’s shown me that every single step gets me closer to my goal, even if the process seems slow.
What’s your favorite cheat day snack?
Skittles and Chex Mix! Because we don’t have them in Japan 😉
Manami and the rest of our Good Neighbors marathon team are raising money for our Zambia water well project! Help Manami reach her goal!