Cara Gilman: Race Ambassador
New for the 2019 Reebok Boston 10K for Women, we are pleased to introduce you to a group of fun, strong, creative, and powerful women that you should know. They are our Official Race Ambassadors!
I would not be where I am today without my running practice; it has given me confidence, strength, and courage to tackle my passions. First, leaving my corporate job to start my own business as a yoga teacher and running coach, and then, to motherhood as I raise my almost 2-year-old daughter, Madelyn. My running practice is constantly changing and evolving as I’ve journeyed through these various stages of my life but it’s a constant way of giving to myself.
What do you believe in?
Our running can be so much more than just training for a race. It shows us our strength, determination, and courage. It gives us much needed self care time. It provides freedom from our everyday roles in life—employee/business owner, partner, parent, etc. It fosters creativity and a different perspective on how to see a situation. It teaches us what we need to pay more attention to in our life. It’s a practice that gives so much to us if we allow it to.
Do you have any advice for first time runners?
Let this race be a celebration of the time, commitment, and dedication you’ve put in! Don’t worry about the results. The more you focus on having fun, staying positive and enjoying each and every step, you will earn something way more important than a finish time. You will have fun and an awesome memory to be proud of!
What’s the best training advice you have ever received?
Let your training not only foster strength in your physical body but also your mind. Tap into why you love to run. Notice what you resist and how you holds you back. The more you know yourself mentally, and the conversation you have with yourself while you run, the better you will be able to show up and be your best on race day.
What’s the best race-day advice you’ve ever received?
It’s easy on race-day to see what people are eating, wearing and how they’re warming up, and automatically lose confidence or feel like you should be doing that too. Stay focused on you. You know what works for you more than anyone else. Stick to your routine, and trust your training. You got this!