Brittany Charboneau is a real gem. Britt finished 17th overall female and 10th American at this year’s NYC Marathon. She’s also a professional comedienne which steers the tenor of today’s interview.
Brittany taking her turn at the front of the lead pack at this year’s New York City Marathon.
Thank you again for taking a few moments for my readers.
Will: An Actress, a Comedienne, and a Marathoner Walk into a bar, please finish the sentence…
Britt: …and I ask the bartender for a double tall water on the rocks, hold the rocks. (That’s a neat joke, eh?)
Will: You had a nice stint leading the women’s race at NYC Marathon. 2:36:25 at the finish for 17th overall female, top 10 American. Transcendent moment?
Britt: The moment I took the lead in the race, I remember telling myself “You’re in a pack with the world’s best. But you’re running your race, too. I am not afraid.” This was huge — I proved to myself that I’m not afraid to make moves and run my race despite the pack of incredibles.
Will: Your competitive resume belies your whimsical personality. From where doth the competitive fire spring?
Britt: I grew up with two older siblings (ten and twelve years older), so it was compete to keep up or get left in the dust in anything we were doing. As I’ve gotten older, my competitive side just comes from striving for excellence in everything I do (let’s focus on the “striving” part as excellence is not always achieved!).
Will: You’ve hit the Women’s Olympic Trials “A” qualifying standard and will be on the line in Atlanta. Nice to have that in the bank, eh?
Britt: Big time! When I ran that qualifying time in Spring 2018, my goal was to try and hit the “B” standards to be honest. When I crossed the finish line with a 2:36, I honestly couldn’t believe I had just done that! Now, I’m happy to have that benchmark ticked so I can focus on continuing to get my times down as 2020 approaches.
Will: Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Britt: Oprah. (There’s no punchline. I just think it would be sick to knock on a door and Oprah is there).
Will: What is your favorite beer?
Britt: New Belgium Cocoa Mole…which they don’t make anymore and it saddens my soul! Maybe I should do a comedy show solely about petitioning to have NB bring it back?
Will: I’m heavily recruiting you for the Valley 7 Lakes Marathon next April 27th, Flattest Marathon in the World with 21′ total elevation, small town charm. My question is, Berlin? London? Rotterdam? Dubai? Or Valley?
Britt: Is this seat hot or is it just me?! Putting me in on the spot! 🙂 My life goal is of course to complete each of the six World Major Marathons, so London and Berlin are on my bucket list. HOWEVER, I do love racing in the smaller towns for their charm, crowds and sheer ease of getting around. Any chance you have a half in early spring??
Will: Omaha’s Funny Bone is one of the hottest comedy clubs in the Midwest. Would you like a Saturday or Sunday gig?
Britt: Saturday!! I will look this up since my goal is to map out my 2019 race schedule and then build out my show tour schedule. Omaha will be on the list!
Will: Circus or office job?
Britt: Literally no question — circus any day of the week. My life as a full time runner, comedian, wife, cat-mom, and professional napper is basically that anyway.
Will: There once was a runner with a stride so fast, when you weren’t looking she’d kick……..
Britt: Your *. (Do you see what I did there? The smart folks will get it).