Senica McCray Zmich has always led a healthy and active lifestyle for most of her life, doing so has allowed her to discover the world and community of running. It’s amazing the doors that running can open up if we all stay consistent, we can meet new friends, travel the world and most of all be healthy. In the beginning before the marathons before the running. We all have that moment in our lives when fitness becomes a lifestyle. It’s usually because of something that is life changing. For Senica that moment for her came when she celebrated her 30th birthday,
“I knew I’d need something more sustainable and that I could do long term”.
Early on Senica’s interest was with golf, instead she opted for running with the thoughts of it being more affordable. I love talking to new runners about this then seeing what their thoughts are a year or so into running, after the sneakers, race registrations etc. As Senica got started, she opted and linked up with Black Girls Run in Atlanta 2012 and what came after that was history.
Senica is now a 6-star World Major marathon finisher, it’s a major flex in the run game and it’s not something that many achieve as it takes a lot of work and dedication to complete that challenge. The journey of training, running and completing the World Marathon Majors consisting of Berlin, Chicago, Tokyo, NYC, London & Boston, it’s a process and is carefully planned by many.
MSM: What made you want to tackle the marathon?
SMZ: It was a gradual process, starting with 5K’s, 10K’s and then my first Half Marathon in 2013. Then the idea of running a Marathon came about from my “Run Friends” and we all set out to run our first Marathon together. We trained all summer 2015 with the hopes of running the Rock n Roll Savannah Marathon that November. That year the race was cancelled while we were on the course due to unseasonably hot conditions and lack of hydration on the course. Devasted as this was to be our first Marathon, we signed up for another immediately (so not to lose our training) and ended up doing the St. Jude Memphis Marathon that December. It was an amazing race and I enjoyed it so much, I signed up and did it again the following year.
MSM: There are marathons and then there are majors which have a different vibe all together. Take us through the feelings of running that first world major and crossing the finish on the last one. Also, when did you know that you wanted to capture all 6 marathon majors?
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