Each month, Runner’s World magazine publishes an interview with a celebrity who is also a runner. This month, it’s Mika Brzezinski ’89! (Recall that Runner’s World’s editor is David Willey ’89.) Here’s what Mika says about Williams:
Brzezinski: I’m running as we speak. I catch up on a lot of my phone calls for work this way. I know how to monitor my breathing, so I can have a complete conversation with no problem.
Runner’s World: How did you start running?
Brzezinski: My family was always active, and our thing was family walks. Not walks around the block, but more like eight-mile hikes up mountains. I eventually got into horseback riding. In high school, my two older brothers ran track. They’d come home sweaty and mud-covered, and I could tell they enjoyed it. So I started running—I ran a mile down the road and back again—and I haven’t stopped since.
Did you join the track team?
I competed at Williams College [in Massachusetts] in the 3000 and 5000 meters. I loved the open space and hills there, especially a 10-miler to a place called Five Corners.
For the full interview, click the link above. At the end, she mentions that she’s covered 3.5 miles during the interview. Wow!
Hat tip: A fellow Williams ’07 runner linked this on Facebook. He points out that her 10-mile loop is also known as “43-7” (since it is along those two state routes) and that there are much nicer places to run around Williamstown.