Interviewed by: Sarah Stelfox
With the arrival of fall comes the beginning of the holiday season, which merits an overabundance of scarves, hot drinks, and the consumption of decadent goodies—especially chocolate. One Andrews student, Joelle Quinones, decided to take this appreciation of chocolate to a new level, and enlisted herself in the Chocolate Run, which took place in Chicago on October 29th, 2017.
So where are you from?
I’m from Berrien Springs. Well, I was born in Saudi Arabia, but then we moved to the Philippines, and now we live in Berrien.
What’s your major?
I’m an Explore Andrews student right now, still trying to figure a few things out. I’m considering something in the science field, like Medical Lab Sciences (MLS). There’s a lot of job employment for that right now, but I’m also not sure how interested I am.
Tell me about the Chocolate Run you did recently.
The run took place in Chicago, and I ran a 15k (9.3 miles). My initial understanding was that you do the run, and then you get chocolate. As you’re running, there are break station stops along the way, and these stops have things like chocolate and marshmallows, and something to drink, like water or Gatorade. I only had the drinks, because I feel like the other stuff would’ve ruined my stomach as I ran.
Was there a reward for finishing?
Yes, they give you this bowl filled with chocolate, marshmallows, hot chocolate, rice crispies and a banana. You also get a medal that’s shaped like a chocolate bar.
What was the run itself like?
Well, I didn’t run the whole thing, because that would have been super hard and I didn’t train properly for that. I did more of a walk-run. While I was in training, I would run in increments. Like, I’d run three miles one day, and then another day I would run five, just trying to build up to it. And even then I wouldn’t run the whole thing. I’d just run as much as I could, and then walk for a bit before running again—but never stopping.
What was your motivation for running?
My family is really into this kind of stuff. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a good incentive to keep you active. It’s good to train and have goals and something to work towards, even if it is just a silly race.
Was there a cost?
The cost was $70, and I would definitely say it was worth it. Yes, there is the cost of time (to train and for the actual run), but it’s worth it at the end. You get fun prizes, and it was so neat getting to see the views of Chicago. But you also get that feeling of productivity and accomplishment.
What would you say to aspiring runners?
I think everyone should try this at least once. Not necessarily this run specifically, but just any kind of run. It’s so good for your body, and it’s important to have goals. One of my goals is to increase my endurance, and you can always improve that, and anything you put your mind to.