Rachel Carl, Sr. HR Manager – Talent, became a runner relatively late in life. She had been a whaleboat rower and ran two or three miles at a time for cardio training, but at age 40 she decided to run a marathon. She ran for a few years until a friend of hers was sharing her own Boston Marathon stories in the summer of 2017 which made Rachel re-evaluate her training. She picked up a book, Hansons Marathon Method, and she shaved off over 15 minutes of time a few months later in her next marathon. Her time of 3:45:56 was also good enough to qualify Rachel for the Boston Marathon, and on Monday she will be one of over 32,000 runners in Boston.
Before she dashed off, Rachel took time to answer three questions:
Q. Why do you run?
A. I enjoy staying active, so I picked up running at the age of 40 with a goal of running a full marathon. I’ve been running for fun ever since. It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that I decided I wanted to try to qualify for Boston.
Q. How does running help you do your job at the Lab?
A. Running is a stress reliever and it helps me clear my mind. I also feel that running is a confidence builder so I’m ready for any work challenge that comes my way.
Q. How does your job support the Lab’s scientific mission?
A. My role includes providing oversight of the Workforce Development and Education program, recruiting and pipeline development through Talent Acquisition and Outreach, and Learning and Organizational Development which is employee and team development. My job is to share what the Lab does with different communities by explaining our various internship and career opportunities and showing them how they can be part of our mission.