The IAMRUNBOX Ambassadors: Introducing Maggie Seymour
Maggie is a member of the Marine Corps from San Diego, California. Describing herself as a “social butterfly and bookworm who loves the great outdoors”, she has been a runner for most of her life, and is an active member of her local running communities.
Maggie run commutes to work every day, and has been doing so for the past 5 years. Her first run commute took place while she was stationed in Afghanistan, and she admits that it was more than a little terrifying! Not only did she have to run in the pitch dark to avoid the heat of the day, but she was required to carry her pistol, and so she sums-up her first run commuting experience as “at 3:30am, with a pistol, in the remote desert of western Afghanistan”!
Today, Maggie’s daily run commute is not quite as terrifying, and she loves the fact that she can get a run in before her working day starts. Over the years, she has participated in numerous running events including the Death Race, a four-day memorial run, and an Ironman distance triathlon. Maggie is currently planning to run across the United States in a bid to support veterans, gold star families, and special needs athletes, three communities that she feels very passionate about.
What keeps Maggie motivated:
In addition to running, Maggie loves Cross-Fit and Yoga to keep her fit and balanced as she finalises the dissertation portion of her PhD program, and transitions to civilian life in July 2017. When we asked Maggie what she loves most about living an active lifestyle, she told us, “There are at least 5 answers to this question, but health, a little bit for vanity, to inspire people, to bring people together, to meet people, to test myself, to keep myself sane. Running is my church, my school, and my therapy.”
Maggie’s top tips for those who want to start run commuting include, planning ahead, allowing extra time for your journey, and keeping emergency supplies (clothes and toiletries) at work in case you forget something.
When Maggie is out running, she likes to keep it simple with a pair of silkies (running shorts), a tank top, her Garmin, and her iPhone. Although she admits a good bag can make a huge difference to your journey.
At the end of the day, what’s Maggie’s favourite meal… Well, it seems there are two answers here! The first is pizza, the second is a medium rare centre cut filet steak… but as she’s a vegetarian, she likes to keep that to herself!
We are delighted to have Maggie on board as an IAMRUNBOX Brand Ambassador, and look forward to following her future running goals.