Beauty, brains, talent, success — every man is looking for a woman who has it all. Even if these women might seem like a magical unicorn, ‘LLERO knows that they exist. Maybe SHE is your vecina, the one who got away, or your sister’s home girl. So right here, we’ll be turning the spotlight on the ladies that we all know and love because we know that “SHE” means She Has Everything.
They say life is a marathon not a sprint. For Jenine Parraga this is literally the case. Upon catching up with the Bronx native we quickly learned that she just completed a half-marathon the day before. Aside from pounding the pavement in some of the world’s most challenging races, the Dominican/Ecuadorian beauty manages to volunteer for a literacy group, has a hidden passion for math, is a lover of a good old fashioned burger and is an innate leader uninterested in taking a back seat to anyone. For all that the St. John’s grad has already accomplished, after our chat you can’t help but come away with the impression that the 30-year-old is just hitting her stride and is looking to cover a lot more road.
`LL: So how did you get into running?
JP: Five years ago I started running to lose weight and [for] fitness reasons, but then it turned in my “me time,” sort of like my own meditation.
‘LL: Was running marathons something you’ve always wanted to do?
JP: Once I started running I always envisioned myself doing a marathon. I volunteer for a program called Everybody Wins, it’s a literacy program in New York City public schools, and they sent me an application to run for their marathon team. So I filled it out and they accepted me, which I was really surprised about (laughs). So I joined the team, fundraised for them, raising almost $3000 and then trained for about three months and did the New York City Marathon [this past] November.