What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
I ran my first ever Marathon last year in NYC. The fact that you own the five boroughs and the streets for a day makes it exciting. For me, 4th Ave and Lafayette in Brooklyn and 1st and 5th Ave (when the demons start to creep in) are the highlights. I have never seen or experienced anything like that. Not to mention Ft Wadsworth and the start on the imposing Verrazano bridge, which takes your breath away.
What is your favorite place to run and why?
Central Park, it’s like a second home to me considering I spend 4-5 days a week out there. The serenity during morning runs, the crowds during a race, people from all walks of life out there, running walking or just having a good time. I’m inspired by elders and people with disabilities training and wonder why others can’t do that. Must say, I’m in love with the Bridle Path lately for all my runs without the team.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Being an Indian, I am absolutely in love with the golden oldies from the times before it was called Bollywood and music had melody with soulful lyrics. This year has been different though, I’ve shed my earphones for enlightening, sensible to mundane conversations. Doing so has helped me with my breathing, strides and performance.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I wasn’t good with this until a few weeks ago. I like to start with fruits – banana or apple, chocolate milk followed by an omelet in whole wheat toast. Ideally I would love to end every long run with a Shroom burger from Shake Shack, but this is not possible all the time.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I was passing by Columbus Ave late in the evening on NYC Marathon day 2011 and saw people in the twilight finishing the race, sporting their medals proudly and being cheered by people on their way home. A colleague from TFK 2011 suggested the team and it all started and almost looked like a perfect finish until Hurricane Sandy. After 2012, it has become a part of my life to the extent that I feel grumpy on days I’m not able to do my runs. It’s an addiction…a healthy one though!
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
None, except jitters as I’m still nervous at the start of any race, but the good news is they ease off with each mile-marker.
Because it would be daunting to do 42.195 kms! Jokes apart, not everybody runs a Marathon. The training schedule brings in a sense of discipline to your life and habits. Long runs to me are a time for introspection with intangible rewards.
Tell us a little more about yourself
Originally from Mumbai, now living and working in the bustling city of New York. I started running at 51 and am still an infant in this community. I love reading non-fiction and still prefer the feel of a book to a download. I enjoy music and am also a foodie who loves eating outside and can easily go from one state to another to enjoy good food.