Fresh Kills run 

If you live in NYC you know all about Fresh Kills in Staten Island.  It’s the site of the former landfill that was opened in 1947 and finally closed after many years of residents fighting the big boys in 2001.  What was supposed to be a temporary landfill operated for only 20 years turned into one of the biggest landfills in US until it finally closed.  If it was to remain open it would become one of the highest points on the East Coast.  Since it’s closure the parks department has been working hard to convert it to a park that would be 3x larger than Central Park.  It was a painful sore for Staten Island residents that now has a bright future and a long road ahead.  You can read more about the future Park here:

NYRR has organized a great exploratory run thru the Fresh Kills today, July 9h (and one on August 6 @ 9 am).  The run takes you thru 2 different mounds: 1st 5k loop thru south mound and 2nd loop the north mound.  What a great opportunity to run thru this amazing vast area.  

We started at the visitor center and along the main road, cross the main creek and unto the South mound.  I loved seeing alot of my running SIAC friends including El Presidente Mark.  My hubs decided to join me which was great since we haven’t ran together in about 2 months.  I wasn’t sure I could run much since I ran a 16 miler a day before for my Chicago Marathon training run and I was really sore.  The 3 of us Amy, Peter and I decided to pace together and go by feel.  Running thru the mound was very picturesque. It was very sunny and there was no shade which kinda made it hotter but once in a while we got a nice breeze to cool us off.   Chatting with friends always makes the run go by faster.  That kind of made me not pay attention to the pain in my legs.  The park itself is breathtaking.  If you just look around you would never think the landfill is beneath your feet.   Once we made a turn back onto the main road I knew I couldn’t keep going. My IT band and glute medius were just in too much pain for me to continue.  I really would’ve loved to run on the north mound but sorry, wasn’t gonna happen.  

We ended up walking the last mile to the visitor center which put us at 4.74 miles total.  Pretty good for an achy girl.  There will be another run/walk thru the park on August  6th @9am.  If you haven’t had a chance please check it out.  

The artwork by local artist and my amazing friend Magie Serpica (Fresh Kills Park)

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Yasia Sorbo

Growing up in Kiev, Ukraine I was a super energetic kid so I always was involved in some kind of sports. But I had trouble focusing so ended up always switching sports. But the luv of moving stuck with me. I started out ice skating, moving onto swimming-which actually warranted me being on the Junior Olympic Swim Team, and short distance track running. While being involved in sports helped tire me out a bit the training was boring and didn't have that spark. One day when I was 7 I got a pair of roller skates and man oh man did I fall in luv with those. I loved them so much I would roller-skate everywhere. After immigrating to U.S. I became preoccupied with becoming American and soaking up all the things that I couldn't experience before so my luv for sports fell by the wayside. I tried to exercise but it wasn't consistent. After I was able to get some money I bought myself a pair of rollerblades. We lived in Bensonhurst so I used to go by the promenade and rollerblade there. After getting married and gaining newlywed 15lbs I decided to join a gym and lose some weight. Well, that was it! I fell in love with weightlifting and how it was transforming my body so much that I became a Personal Trainer. One day after scrolling thru Muscle Fitness magazine and Oxygen magazine and seeing these beautiful strong women I became intrigued with the way they look and decided to sign up for a Figure/Bodybuilding competition. I hired a trainer (who later became a very close friend) and embarked on this new journey. The training was tough and the diet was brutal but the rewards were great. I met another trainer with the same passion for bodybuilding who worked at the Reebok Sports Club (now Equinox) and invited me to check out his gym. That was an experience in itself and I was fortunate to be hired. After a couple of competitions I decided to retire from Figure competitions and concentrate on having a family. I had to overcome some health issues first. While rehabbing my body back to health so to peak, I learned about this wonderful school-Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I was so intrigued by their philosophies that I decided to sign up for the course. In the middle of my semester I became pregnant with my fist child. After graduating I decided to dedicate my life to being a mom. Working out all thru my pregnancies definitely helped me stay healthy and strong to deal with demands of motherhood. After My daughter was born I wanted to get back in shape and so I started running. I fell in love with being outdoors and exploring. I ran my 1st race in March 2013, and my fist Half Marathon, Staten Island own, in October 2013. I have been running ever since.