In her ongoing quest to help animals in need, R&B singing queen Mya has been on another intense training journey. This time it’s not on the dance floor though. Many of you will recall her stunning performances on Dancing with the Stars in 2009. Now, two years later, she’s running as part of Team Animal League in the upcoming November 6th ING New York City Marathon. This is her first marathon. A CYInterview supporter, Mya came back to talk about her upcoming run, as well as some other topics.
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Mya first talked with me about her intense training as she prepares for the 26 mile run. She’s currently raising funds for her participation in the marathon, which will go to benefit the North Shore Animal League America. It is the largest no kill animal shelter and adoption organization in the world. Mya is a spokesperson for the organization. You can find out more information and donate to her fundraising for this important cause here:
“I’ve actually adopted one of my animals, my cat Mellow, from the Animal League and it’s been very rewarding seeing pets get adopted…I ran 12 miles today [on Friday]. It’s been painful, but it’s been productive and I love new challenges. So I hope to run next year and actually have a target time because this year you don’t. It’s just about finishing the race.”
Back in May, millions of people saw the Grammy winner sing Happy Birthday to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on WWE Raw. Mya reflects back on her experience in the world of professional wresting and the larger than life athletes/entertainers she met:
“I am a fan of wrestling. My brother and I were huge fans and obviously The Rock is talented, super talented, super sexy, intelligent and I was happy to be able to wish him well on his personal new year…I got to meet lots of athletic built guys, but they were enormous from their height to their build. I really felt like an outcast actually. They were like 6’1, 6’5, seven footers and I had no clue that they were so enormous. So, oh yeah, it was very interesting, but very, very sweet guys. Huge teddy bears.”
As far as the future, Mya’s ultimate dream is still to go into space. Back in 2009, we discussed that in detail [see here]. Additionally, the talented singer/dancer says she has a bucket list. She shares one of the things on it, which she recently took on:
“To go to outer space, that’s my ultimate dream…I have a bucket list, so every year I have a new challenge, but every year I do something crazy. Last year, I brought in the New Year by jumping off a cliff in Brazil – going hang gliding, so adventure and taking risks and bringing people together, you know that’s my thing. So I enjoy it to the fullest I have to say.”
You can help Mya raise money for Team Animal League, which is participating in the upcoming ING New York City Marathon by clicking here.
Also, you can donate $10 supporting Mya’s efforts for the North Shore Animal League America by texting the word rescue to 27722 on your cell phone.
You can follow Mya on Twitter clicking here.
Mya’s official website is at http://www.myamya.com
You can email Chris Yandek at ChrisYandek@CYInterview.com