Corinne Makarewich may have just signed up for her first personal training package, but physical fitness runs in her family! Running is something that Corinne had never been interested in doing until 2005. She was dating someone whose mother was a marathon runner. He wanted her to bond with his mom and encouraged Corinne to begin running with her. Tragically, her boyfriend passed away. While working through the grief process, she agreed to train with his mom to run her first marathon in his memory. During their training, they ran the hills of the Charlottesville Half Marathon which proved to be good preparation for the “Grandfather Mountain Marathon” that they would run in Boone, NC.
Once Corinne completed this race, she was hooked on long distance running! Since then, she has completed 13 full Marathons. In 2007, she decided to do her best to qualify to run the Boston Marathon. This feat proved harder than she anticipated; it took two years of determination and training before qualifying in 2009 at the Athens Marathon in Ohio. She ran the 2010 Boston Marathon, and since then she has also run the Boston Marathon in 2012 and 2014.
Over the past few years, Corinne and her identical twin sister, (identical except for their height) Cat, have challenged each other into branching out into triathlons of sprint and international lengths and Half Ironman competitions as well. Running came very natural to Corinne, but swimming and biking required a lot of practice and training. Corinne hopes to one day complete a full Ironman competition, and she would love to run a marathon in the 3 hour, 20 minute range.
Originally from Connecticut, Corinne chose to come South to attend JMU. She earned a BS in Psychology and went on to earn a Master’s and Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling. She completed an internship at Thomas Harrison Middle School and was later hired as one of their School Counselors. Over the past six years, she has also served as the THMS basketball coach, track coach, and cross country coach, but now concentrates solely on the cross country team. Corinne loves working with the diverse student body at THMS. With Spanish as her second language, she has the opportunity to interact with more students and families on a personal level. She recognizes that adolescence is a challenging time since these kids are trying to find themselves. As a counselor, she has the opportunity to get to know her students in a different way than teachers.
As an 11 month employee, Corinne has a routine of working out at the Wellness Center every day that she works at THMS. Ironically, July is the one month that she is able to vacation and travel before starting the new school year. During her workouts at the Wellness Center, she previously enjoyed spinning and yoga classes but now focuses on swimming, running, and weight training. Coming from a family that enjoys being outdoors, Corinne is inspired by her parents, sister, and brother to remain active and healthy. She also enjoys the camaraderie with her student athletes as she cheers for them during their season, and they cheer for her during her events. In her spare time, Corinne is a Big Sister to Annie who is in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She also plays intramural soccer on an all girls team, a coed team, and a Spanish League team.