Most of us have not experienced something that has had such a pervasive impact on our lives, in our communities and the entire globe. For us today, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our lives in countless ways. While we’re all experiencing some level of economic disruption, not all of us are experiencing the first-hand health implications of the virus.
Carole, we are so deeply appreciative of you and the countless other men and women working tirelessly to care for those struggling the most with COVID-19. We are honored to have you on our team!
It takes a physically strong person to perform the daily work of a hospital physician assistant, and as we can attest to with Carole, it also takes a lot of motivation, courage and humor. Carole is usually one of the first team members to post a comical comment or race photo on the team Facebook page. Carole shares her feedback on why she is proud to represent the value of beef in her diet.
First and foremost, beef is delicious. I love a good filet and as an all-American girl, I also love cheeseburgers. And spaghetti with meat sauce… and chili… and… I could go on and on. Beef is rich in protein and nutrient-dense, so one doesn’t need to consume a lot in order to meet our bodies’ needs. When calories count, especially while training for a half or full marathon, lean beef is an important part of one’s diet. I enjoy being a part of Northeast Team Beef so I can learn more about modern practices of sustainably raising beef and recipe sharing. I also enjoy camaraderie with fellow beef-loving runners.
When asked what keeps her motivated to run, she comments:
I run because I enjoy the outdoors and exploring nature. The “dreadmill” is torture; I’d rather run in the cold and wind (and I don’t like the cold; again, who am I??). I also run to keep my weight in check. As I get older, it takes (entirely too much) more effort not to gain weight. Cross training is really fun and I have gotten into High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes, barre classes, and doing strength exercises with my mace. My husband made significant life changes and lost almost 150 pounds in one year (without surgery!). His continued determination to sustain his new physique and lifestyle also helps keep me in-check. He’s been diligent in doing his “prison workout” (push-ups, lunges, burpees, etc.) on a consistent basis at home, sometimes between conference calls while he works. Plus, it’s fun for us to do mace exercises together. I’m glad that our food choices align much better now and we can support each other with a healthy diet and consistent exercise. It’s a bonus that he loves beef as much as I do!
Carole has some fantastic running-related goals. One of which is to run the Abbott World Marathon Majors (a series of six of the largest and most renowned races in the world. Regarding the World Marathon Majors, she shares,
I’m down two (The 2017 New York City Marathon and the 2019 Chicago Marathon). Possibly the London Marathon this year (via charity, if it is held, and in memory of my dear friend Abigail). Just three to go (The Berlin, Tokyo, and Boston Marathons).
Carole, we’re so grateful you shared your experience thus far caring for COVID-19 patients as a part of your “Story of Strength.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your colleagues. Learn more about the 35 members of the Northeast Team Beef program, including Carole, by viewing the member library and our Stories of Strength page.