What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
As a native New Yorker who has not lived in the city since 1986, I try to get back at least once a year and running the marathon is the best reason. If I had to say what excites me the most, its the cheering of the crowds- the roar as one approaches first avenue from the Queensborough bridge is the closest many of us will get to performing at a live concert. The cheers at the south side of the park come just in time to let you float the final 500 meters to the line.
What is your favorite place to run and why?
My new home in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver, BC has beautiful trails that hug the water for miles (oops, kilometers).
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Nick Cave, Rilo Kiley and Lou Reed
What is your favorite post-run meal?
A New York bagel with cream cheese.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running at 6 yrs old with my Mom, and continued on and off through graduate school, getting serious when I quit smoking @ 35yrs old.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Where does one start??? At the risk of revealing the extent of my OCD, I re-tie my laces several times, visit to port-o-pot too many times, and listen to Louis C. K and Lewis Black to break the stress. And I do not sit down.
It is a historically (partially) accurate distance and it allows one to benchmark yourself against thousands of runners.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a 48yr old professor of translational and applied genomics at UBC, Vancouver. Educated at Hunter College High School where my passion for science was first ignited. PhD in Boulder Colorado, worked in the Biotech industry for 6 years before running research labs at Stanford University, University of Toronto and now University of British Columbia. I am a 3hr marathoner, +/- 5 minutes on either side. The highlight of my marathons (11 in total) was finishing 5 minutes ahead of Lance Armstrong in 2006. The NYC marathon is, of course, my favorite- it brings out the very best in all New Yorkers and for that day in November one feels like part of a huge family. I look forward to running this year for Team for Kids and being able to support this fantastic cause.