Behind the Scenes

I received a phone call from one of my good friends at NYRR – she was someone I had met during the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge journey and have remained in close contact with her.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in being filmed for an On the Run episode – an online series created/produced by NYRR.  With the NYC Half being the first race run on the streets of NYC since Superstorm Sandy, NYRR was putting together some segments on those running the race who were affected by the storm.  She was aware that I had organized the Race for Recovery, she thought I would be a good fit.

A couple of days after that initial conversation, I was told that WABC had learned of my story and were interested in airing the segment on their channel during the NYC Half coverage on Sunday.  My piece is scheduled to air at 7:16am on Sunday, March 17 on WABC.  (More information can be found here.)  As soon as I find out the link on the NYRR website and/or the WABC site, I will share it!

Yesterday was filming day. They wanted to film at my mom’s home since it was the site of my previous interview with NYRR back in 2011 and were also interested in chatting with my mom and seeing the damage the storm had on her home.

My day began at 4am in order to have enough time to run, shower, fix myself (makeup and hair), get the boys up and dressed, and drive the 30-45 minutes to my mom’s home by 8am.

The On the Run crew showed up with 7 people, lots of cameras, microphones, and other filming gear that I know nothing about!!

We started the interview down by the Staten Island / Midland Beach boardwalk.

It was NOT warm out. Karla and I were freezing!

Some running (Trying to look coordinated while running on the sand is not easy :/).

Some interviewing.

Then back to my mom’s home for some running on the streets in the neighborhood.

After that, we headed (thankfully) inside to warmer temperatures for the formal interview portion.

Getting set up:

Getting mic’d up:

After my interview was complete (about an hour), my mom and I headed back outside for a short interview.

Followed by a brief tour of her basement to discuss the current state of rebuilding.

My youngest sister and mom were wonderful babysitters for the (almost) 5 hours I was filming and being interviewed.  And I’m grateful my sister was able to get my son to nap.  This might be one of my favorite pictures ever of them!

After the crew left (close to 1pm), my sons and I hung out by my mom’s for the rest of the day – my older sister and niece even came over for a short visit!

I will share more of the details regarding Sunday’s airing as soon as I receive them! =)

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    3. So extremely happy for you Michelle!!! You are such an inspiration for us all!!! Seriously tearing up watching the piece knowing how hard you’ve worked to get here! Run free tomorrow!!

    4. That’s awesome! we will have to find it on the web! Can’t imagine what a nightmare people have gone through with such damage from sandy. Nice a nyrr to feature. Good luck w the 1/2

    5. Was so excited to read this post this morning!! I hope to catch your interview through an online link!! Way to go Michelle!! Hope your Sunday NYC Half is fast and fabulous!! Keep shining:)
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