Member Spotlight: Giovany Reyes

giovany reyes

What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
The physical strain of running 26.2 miles in NYC’s crisp fall sounds like the right way to top off my last year in the city.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I like to run in pretty much any direction I have not been, it keeps my mind focused on the scenery and not my mileage.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
* Klingande
* J Roddy Walson and the business
* The Strokes

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Tacos & a smoothie, ABSOLUTELY

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started really pushing my running when I was studying in Accra, Ghana.  The gym we received memberships to (Pippas), was a good 5 or so miles from where we lived, so I decided to start jogging to my weekly work outs.  It was 95 and extremely humid everyday so I got a fairly decent run to and from.  My workouts have not felt complete without a good job ever since.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Naw, just go for it.

Why 26.2?
I have continually pushed my psychical capabilities for the last 5 years.  26.2 is another bench mark for me to reach and keep improving.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a rising senior at NYU studying environmental science with an emphasis in environmental biology.  I am originally from Santa Barbara, California and come from Mexican heritage.  I am a first generation college student and all of my family is either back in California or Mexico, specifically Mexico City and Zacatecas.

I have always been obsessed with working out and engaging in physical outdoor activities.  This drive is what originally prompted me to find a way to run the upcoming marathon.  I figure I am in the best shape of my life and what not a better time to attempt to run 26.2 miles.

I grew up in an environment that prompted us to be active.  With my transition to the city, I realized that this strong urban environment can make being active an actual conscious step, something kids can easily overlook.  I strongly support the youth programs funded by Team for Kids for this reason.  In the most basic form, these programs prompt children to live healthy and active lifestyles.  Without such programs, I could not imagine myself being the individual I am today.

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