Who’s that girl? For the August issue of Women’s Running, we shot Erica Schenk in one of her favorite places to run: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The New Yorker, who has been a runner for 10 years, shared her thoughts on our cover shoot and the accompanying feature, where she shows off new running gear for women with curvy frames.
Women’s Running: Why do you run?
Erica Schenk: It allows me to clear my head and think.
WR: How did you start?
ES: I started as a kid running during volleyball.
WR: Where is your favorite place to run?
ES: Central Park. I love people-watching!
WR: What gear is always in your gym bag?
ES: Nikes, metal water bottle, peppermint oil (to put in my water) and a cute pair of heels!
WR: Do you prefer to run with others or alone?
ES: Depends on the day and the type of run. If it’s a therapy run, I like to focus on myself. If it’s a fun, sunny run, I love to take friends and have conversations on the way.
WR: What was your favorite part of the shoot?
ES: Getting out into the park, running around and getting my sweat on!
WR: What’s the best part of being on the cover?
ES: Women of all sizes deserve to be praised for good health and have a presence in the media.
WR: What’s currently on your running playlist?
ES: “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake, “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation, “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX
WR: Too often people equate “runner’s body” with “super skinny.” How do you think that affects runners?
ES: Some women believe that since they have curves they can’t run or shouldn’t run. Running is for every body anytime.
WR: What were your favorite pieces from the shoot?
ES: The Reebok ZPump Fusion running shoes ($110) and One Series Bra ($58). The shoes felt great while running and the sports bra kept the ladies in place!