April Customer Spotlight: Erin Kennedy Dalisay, PT, DPT

=PR= Customer Erin Kennedy Dalisay started off young, at the age of 16 she joined her dad for her first marathon and hasn’t stopped since! In fact, this past March she ran the Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach! Not only does Erin run often she also started her business which is focused on getting runners well through physical therapy services and more! Erin has joined =PR= over the past few years for a number of in-store visits! Be sure to check our event calendar for future visits with Erin and check out all that she has to offer by visiting her website: runwellclinic.com. Learn more about Erin in this month’s spotlight!

Q U I C K  Q U E S T I O N S 

What is your age race category? 20-29

What is your favorite =PR= Race? The Holiday Half

What was your first race? California International Marathon

What is your favorite race memory? Running the Marine Corps 10k with my husband in 2019! It was such an amazing event in my favorite place to run with my favorite person!

How did you get started running, walking, or racing? My dad has been a marathoner for many years. Growing up, he would take me and my brothers to run in all the local 5ks. It became a family bonding experience for us. And when I was 16, my dad and I ran my first marathon. We've run several races together since and are planning on doing the Marine Corps Marathon this year. 

What is your favorite race and/or distance? 26.2!

What is the thing you love the most about running, walking, or racing? Firstly, how it lead me to my career of Physical Therapy! Running can be whatever you need it to be in any season of life - it can be a stress reliever, a motivator, a scientific inquiry, a way to connect with others, and many more! There is always more for me to learn and ways in which to challenge myself. It is so simple yet complex all at the same time.

Who is your biggest supporter or cheerleader? My husband David and my parents.

What is your spirit animal? Why? Horse. Because I like to run!! And because they have always been my favorite animal.

What is your life motto or words to live by? Progress, not perfect, is the goal.

List your three must have items when walking or running? New Balance shoes, Garmin, and Hero my running pup <3

If you could go on a walk or run with anyone who would it be and why? Eliud Kipchoge because he has such an amazing mental approach to running. That can be my biggest struggle with races, and I wish I could pick his brain. That, and he's likely the best marathoner of our time!

Your last run or walk was . . .  in Virginia Beach!

Your last race . . . The Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach

If I wasn't running or walking I'd be . . . Reading and snuggling with my dog Hero and a big cup of coffee/tea 

My favorite post-run, walk, or race meal is . . . Guapos! Give me all the chips and guacamole after a race!  

What advice do you have for a new runner or walker? Make it FUN!! Let it take you to spots you'd otherwise not have visited around your area, run with friends, or jam out to your favorite songs. There's no "perfect" way or "key to success" when it comes to running or exercising - its so different for each individual. But I find that those who have the most fun stick with it longer and have better results!

Tell us a little more... Share anything you'd like below! Running is a lifelong passion of mine and has lead me to my career of Physical Therapy. Focusing on helping runners has brought joy and purpose to my work even in this hard time for health care workers. And I have now started my own mobile physical therapy practice specifically for runners. In the past few months I've also taken on several coaching clients and love to help them succeed in their races! I also offering free injury screenings for your running club or team! If you have any questions or looking for physical therapy or online coaching please reach out at runwellclinic@gmail.com or learn more at runwellclinic.com. Follow me on Instagram @runwellclinic or my personal account @erun26.2.