Welcome back to #WhyIExercise. Our spotlight educator has been around the educational leadership and fitness community for quite some time now. Please welcome, Dr. Chris Longo. Chris grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is currently the principal at Schaghticoke Middle School in New Milford, CT. Chris earned his BS in biology from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He continued his education at Southern Connecticut State University where he received his MS in biology and his Sixth Year Professional Diploma in Education. In 2012, Chris became a Doctor of Education from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Follow Chris on Twitter @drchrislongo.
Without further ado, let’s hear from Chris.
I ran cross country and track in high school and began breaking numerous school records as a freshman. Then, I obtained a full scholarship to run track at Iona College in 1995. I also played basketball in high school on a team that won a state championship.
I run to decompress, reduce stress, and as a competitive means to accomplish goals. I run for my lost daughter, Angelina Marie Longo, lost on 1-1-16. I have been training since that time to run 22 marathons (she passed at 22 weeks). I currently have 20 complete. [Readers, please read this Fox News article about Chris and his quest to run 22 marathons.]
I train 3-4 days per week. 5 miles a day for two days a week, a day of 7 miles, and a long run of anywhere between 13 and 22 miles. I generally train alone but also run with an ultra marathon training group on select weekends.
I eat salads or wraps for lunch and a bowl of cereal with a banana for breakfast. Always have a good dinner that is high in protein. Being Italian, we have pasta every Sunday and I love pizza. My metabolism is very fast, so I can really eat whatever I want. At least right now!
It keeps me at balance in life.
Personal: To complete my 22 marathons in honor of my lost daughter Angelina. To share in this moment with my family, including my newest son, Matthew Luke, who is currently 4 months old.
Professional: To lead our middle school to success in my second year as Principal.
Athletic: To qualify for the Boston Marathon by running under 3:15:00.
Life has highs and lows; we need to push through the rough times, as these moments make us
My wife is my rock. Her support and love have made the journey even more meaningful. We are always there for each other and I couldn’t have been able to work toward the 22 marathon goal without her.
I’d like to personally thank Chris for sharing his story with the #WhyIExercise tribe. It’s such a personal story. I remember reading about Chris and his reason for running about a year and a half ago. It hit home. My husband and I lost a precious daughter at 26 weeks. I felt the pain that Chris and his wife went through. I remember reaching out to Chris’ wife. My husband and I believe that God knows so much more than we do. For whatever reason, our daughters are with Him. They will always be part of our families. We will continue to love them daily. One day, one glorious day we will see our precious daughters. Until then, they are in the best care ever.
Thank you, Chris, for reminding us of the importance of our families. Good luck on your final stretch for Angelina.
Marilyn . . .
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