Congrats to Lori Wiechmann for being named the May Ultimate Fit Runner of the Month! She is originally from Michigan and her family was transferred to Newburgh from Alabama 5 years ago for her husband’s job. She is fortunate to be a stay at home mom to her 7 year old son, Liam. They also have 2 very needy labradors that keep them busy!
What motivates you to run/walk?
Like many runners, living a healthy active lifestyle is one of my top priorities. I am also very goal oriented when it comes to running/racing. I like to set challenging goals for myself and I enjoy the hard work it requires, both mentally and physically, to meet them!
How many races have you participated in?
What age did you start running/walking for fun & competitively?
I began running for fun about 10 years ago, but I did not start racing until 2013. My first race was an 8K, I've been hooked ever since!
Favorite place to run/walk?
My all time favorite place to run is in Central Park, NY, however I also love the Newburgh Riverfront.
Favorite local race?
ALL of them! It’s so great to see familiar faces at the starting line. I love being a part of anything that pulls our running community together.
Favorite race outside of the Tri-State?
United Airlines NYC Half Marathon
Farthest you have traveled to do a race?
New York City, however I will be traveling to Bermuda in January for the Bermuda Half Marathon
Favorite race distance?
Favorite race memory?
My favorite race memories are of seeing my husband and son cheering for me from the sidelines. Seeing my son always seems to give me an extra shot of adrenaline.
Craziest thing you saw at or during a race?
People squatting/peeing in the corrals before a race
Favorite pre & post-race meal/drink?
It all depends on the race length...
Night Before – Pizza
Pre Race– Peanut Butter Sandwich or Cereal with banana
After – Water/Chocolate Milk
What is your favorite brand of running shoe?
I am loyal to Brooks, yet I am still searching for that perfect shoe!
How many miles do you run/walk a week?
I typically run somewhere between 30-40 miles each week.
What are your future goals for running/walking?
My ultimate goal is to stay injury free and run as long as my body allows! A BQ wouldn't be so bad either 🙂
Favorite time of day to run?
Early morning as the sun is coming up.
Favorite weather to run in?
40-50s and nothing beats a run in the rain on a warm summer day!
Music or no music?
I listen to podcasts on easy/long runs and music on the speedier days.
Brandon L. Barrett