Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Andrew Shimota!
Number of Marathons
Favorite Race Completed
Dave Ryan 5K & Warrior Dash
Favorite Location To Train
Mississippi River Trails and Cedar Lake Trail.
Favorite Running Pump-Up Song
Music tastes are all over the board. I’ll occasionally listen to talk radio or stream sports game broadcasts as well.
My Running Secret
A nice big sub sandwich earlier in the day is a favorite source of fuel of mine for the longer runs.
Biggest Motivation for Long Runs
Set new personal bests and to accomplish something with more ease than I previously could.
How has heart disease touched you?
I have lost a grandfather to a heart attack and understand the risks heart disease can present within a family. It’s sad to lose a relative to heart disease. Any way to contribute to the advancements of heart disease treatment and prevention is great!
Why is running important to you?
I enjoy running as a way to stay healthy, but also as a way to relax. As strange as it sounds, I find it relaxing after a long or stressful day to get the chance to just zone out and run. It also satisfies a desire to be competitive and reach new performance goals, even if I am just competing against myself.
Motivated? Inspired? Please support Andrew‘s goal with a donation to the AHA!