Member Spotlight: Tim Mathas

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What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
New York is an amazing city. If I lived there I’d have a lot more friends and family visiting from Australia. Aside from this, one of the reasons that I run marathons is because it feels like the host city’s people, transport, everything, they all stop just for me. (Granted it’s for the other 30,000+ people but it’s still a great feeling.) Running Golden Gate bridge in July felt special but I don’t think it will compare to the beautiful bridges and normally hustling streets of New York that have stopped in time for me. Also, Central Park.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Living in Sydney I was only 3 miles from the beach. I didn’t surf as much as I would have liked (ie. not even once), but I was fortunate enough to run over the Harbour Bridge and down past the Opera House a couple of times a week.

On a sentimental note, back in Canberra I can do the run I used to do for cross country training in elementary school. The route goes past two of my childhood houses and brings back fond memories of running as a care-free teenager with my dog/running partner.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
This is a little sad really. I listen to electronic music; at the start it’s pretty easy and builds to a pretty fast pace at the end. That’s not the sad part though, I’ve listened the exact same playlist (order and all) the past 4 marathons. Song. For. Song. I’m a little worried that I’ll start to hate the songs (like if you use your favorites as an your phone alarm), but thankfully that hasn’t happened yet.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Nothing particular here. 2+ beers and the company of my friends who were stupid enough to brave the conditions and wait patiently for me to show up at the finish- usually well after my overly optimistic prediction.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Like many kids, a friend got me into running with the lure of days away from the class room to compete at the inter-school carnivals. In high school I got semi-serious about it and went to the national titles but I was not quite as good or keen as my competition, so I stopped.

10 years on and things are different. Running is a massive release for me. No matter how bad a day I’ve had running can always take me away, allowing me to think things through, and leaving me feeling refreshed. I’ve read that running is a positive influence on other areas of life too. I totally agree. The more I run, the happier I am, the better I eat, and the cleaner my house is*.

Another part of me also says that you can only do these types of things for so long, so I need to make the most of it. It’s a time to be appreciative as some have never had had the opportunity to participate.

* not a guarantee.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
8 marathons in and I’m still experimenting trying to work out the best pre game plan. Last year I went alcohol free for 10 weeks leading into the Seattle marathon. It was the worst I’ve done. The week leading in the big race I’ll try to get lots of sleep and carb load. Each time I say I’ll take a more scientific approach to diet but that never ends up happening.

Why 26.2?
I haven’t got any tattoos and decided that if I did about 5 or 6 marathons I could draw a stick man with each of the arms, legs, torso and head spelling out the name of the city I’d ran at… That’s how it started, but I’m still yet to ink up.

I’d now like to join the Iron Man club, so I think that will be next. 

Tell us a little more about yourself
My first trip to the US was in May 2012 for my best friend’s wedding. Discovering there was more to America than “Jersey Shore” I found myself working in Seattle 6 months later. Since then I’ve found running to be a great way to meet new people and see how beautiful America is. Running has taken me through the trails of Washington, the Rockies in Colorado and suburbia of California.

Aside from this, I love a good costume party, so if I can raise enough money I’ll run dressed up for Team For Kids.

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