FF: Why do you love running?
QUINONES: For me, it started as a coping mechanism, but now I love running because I feel free and I can be myself. In 2019, the entire year, I ran every weekend. When I'm out there, I'm happy. I can be myself. Any pressure from work, any stress I might feel, when I run, that weight is off my shoulders. I feel happier after I do a run.
FF: What running accomplishments are you most proud of?
QUINONES: I am proud of completing the New York City marathon. And I ran a 50K in August with another Latinos Run member, Carlos Taveras. We wanted to show other Latinos how far we can go if we go together. And that it’s better to be better than yesterday.
But honestly, running with my daughter, Mya, was even more important to me. We did a Color Run 5K together when she was four. She ran two miles straight, and I carried her for the last mile. She was so excited that she got a medal! Running with her brings me a lot of happiness.