Danielle Quatrochi is a mother of two, works full-time, and will be toeing the line in Houston at The U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials. Quatrochi shares her weekly routine, what companies she works for, and who introduced her to the sport of running. She is also very grateful to her husband, whom she labels her biggest supporter.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Danielle Quatrochi: I balance a number of things in a single day, so I have to stick to a routine to fit it all in. First off, I have two little girls (3 1/2 and 17 months), so I try and manage a schedule that best works for them. A typical day for me is a 5:30am alarm, followed by a cup of coffee and out the door to run at 6am. Depending on the day my training varies.
Monday – swim 3000 meter (1hour) in the am – no running
Tuesday – a long tempo or fartlek run, with some repeat 200’s or 400s to keep some turnover
Wednesday – easy 60-75 minutes
Thursday – easy 60-75 minutes and a yoga class in the afternoon
Friday – hard workout like 30 minutes at race pace and 6 x mile at 10k pace or faster
Saturday – easy 60-75 minutes
Sunday – long 16-22 miles
After my workout I’m back at home getting the kids ready for the day. My husband is my biggest supporter, so having him with the kids in the morning is what makes this work. Then I head to work for the day. It’s busy, but I really enjoy the variety in my life. After work, it’s all about the kids – playing, dinner and bath time! At 8pm, I take a deep breath and try to relax for an hour before I head to bed. I’ve been fortune that my kids are good sleepers, so I don’t too often get woken up during the night. I really try and get 8 hours of sleep each night and on the weekends fit in a nap when the girls are napping.
I don’t follow any special diets. I do focus on making sure I get plenty of protein. I’ve probably eaten more protein in the past year than ever before, I think that has had a lot to do with my energy level. I do eat pizza, ice cream, fries, and a lot of cheese! People usually think I follow a strict diet, but running at the intensity I do burns a lot of calories. So I just eat.
RF: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
I do work full-time. I work for a Social Media Agency, Room 214
. I spend most of my day developing social media strategies and tactics for a number of clients. I also manage marketing for a gluten-free
beer company, New Planet Beer.
I’ve been fortunate that I work in a flexible environment. I workout mostly in the morning, but a couple days a week, I’ll wait until lunch time. I really just use my time wisely, I don’t have much time to waste. My husband, Nick Quatrochi, has been a huge supporter, so we work closely on managing the schedule to fit in both of our exercise needs. The Boulder Running Company
has been a great local support to make sure I get the gear needed to train and of course my coach, Craig from Sherman Performance
, is there for every workout which has been instrumental in my recent success.
RF: Who introduced you to the sport of running? And what about running do you think has kept you coming back for more?
DQ: It was in high school when I was first introduced to running. I started out as a swimmer, but enjoyed being outside more than being in the pool. By my senior year I was fully dedicated to running. My high school coaches encouraged me and I’ve been addicted ever since. My college running career was never what I had hoped for, I had a number of injuries that didn’t allow me to run to my potential. Although, I think that set back has only fueled my desire to find my potential now. I love being outside, experiencing nature in front of me and using the time on my feet to clear my head. I will always run, it’s more than what I do, it’s a part of me.
RF: Sock or no socks?
DQ: Socks, in fact compression socks!
RF: Breakfast the day of the race?