What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
Running through all 5 boroughs, hearing the crowds, meeting people, and accomplishing a goal I have been pushing towards for 3 years now, completing that 26.2!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running the Summer Streets because you are jogging right through the heart of New York. When we do it as a team its everything in one doing it with the folks you train with, touching the NYC streets, and enjoying the vibe of whats happening on each block rather than being confined to a particular area or park.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I have a mix of everything on my running playlist but here are a few of the songs I have been getting some good miles in with lately.
* Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong (Really gets the blood flowing)
* Chris Brown & Usher – New Flame (great to just tune out and put in some road work
* Zedd – Clarity
Also a good bit of songs from Jay-Z, Fabolous, and Kendrick Lamar.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Baked Chicken with rice and salad
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Well I first ran cross country in high school but I didn’t run again after high school until I started building up to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2012. I hadn’t run in over a decade and I wanted to get in shape and also do something to honor my cousin that was killed at a very young age, running is a way to honor him and his sports career that was cut short way too soon.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
When I was training for the marathon in 2012 I got a foot injury. After physical therapy and a lot of RICE I got back out running and ran with my foot taped to prevent injury. Ever since then, even though my foot heeled, I still tape my foot any time I run. I guess its a mental thing. I feel like I run stronger and maintain better form when I’m taped up!
My ultimate motivation to get out and run was to honor my little cousin, he was a great high school basketball player when he was killed and it left a big void in me and my family. I wanted to do something athletic and notable to honor him and also to really challenge myself. I started off with a 5K and built up to a half marathon training on my own. After reading about this 100 year old marathoner who ran multiple marathons, I figured if he’s 100 and can do dozens of marathonsf I have no excuse as to why I can’t complete one. So, I looked into running the Marathon, checked out a few charities and the Team for Kids charity really hit close to home for me. I made it through training in 2012 when the marathon was cancelled, severely sprained my ankle in 2013 playing flag football, and now I am back in 2014 to handle some unfinished business and run the NYC Marathon.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a New Yorker born and raised. I grew up in Brooklyn and currently live in Queens. The cause of Team for Kids really hits home for me because it works with kids from neighborhoods and situations very similar to the one I grew up in. So when I run the marathon, I run for me and the family members on the back of my jersey and also for all the kids TFK helps and the mission behind the TFK logo on the front of my jersey.
Outside of running, I work in Digital Marketing for Options Exchange in the Financial District. I mentor high school kids, enjoy traveling, cooking and making music. The countdown is on to the Marathon and on November 2nd, We Run New York!