Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Alix Muenzberg, a 29-year-old New Yorker who works in fashion and recently found her true calling- running! Alix started running seriously last year when she joined Team In Training as a part of her company’s corporate team. Since then she’s completed three Olympic distance Triathlons and will be running her first half marathon on September 28th in East Hampton, NY.
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
It’s kind of a toss up between the three Triathlons, raising over $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and finally getting my driver’s licence last December.
How did you achieve it?
All three accomplishments came down the the same thing: Determination. I’m the kind of crazy person that makes sure that when I want something, I’m going to get it, come hell or high water. I look at life as a series of challenges that need to be completed. When a goal seems insurmountable, it helps if I break it down into smaller, more attainable gaols and check those off as I move forward.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Why wouldn’t I? For me, this is kind of a no-brainer. We all should want to make the world a better place and should try to do so in every way possible if only because we all have to live here.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Over the past year I’ve been in constant training for one event after the next. I know it sounds crazy, but races keep me fit. Without those goals, I’d never work out. My next race is coming up in less than a month and I’m currently running three days a week, biking, strength training, and doing yoga. I’m also seeing a nutritionist to make sure that I’m fueling my body the right way to keep up with it all.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I used to HATE running until a friend told me to read “Born To Run”. The best bit of advice that I took away from that book was “If it feels like work, you’re working too hard.” I now apply this saying to every work out and to just about everything else I do too.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
IT’S SO EASY! I don’t have to do anything but turn it on! As a member of Team In Training, I know how hard it can be to raise money for a cause. Charity Miles helps me raise even more by just going about my daily activities.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Through Team In Training, I’ve met so many incredible people each with their own incredible story and I run for them. I run for my friend who battled leukemia as a child in the Dominican Republic and would make friends with the child in the hospital bed next to her only to have them disappear a month later. I run for my friend who was told he may never walk again due to the stage 4 lymphoma tumors pressing against his spinal cord. He crossed the finish line of the NYC triathlon with me this past July. I run for research and drug development so that one day, we will find a cure. There are many equally worthy charities that benefit from Charity Miles, but LLS is closest to my heart.