What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 United Airlines NYC Half
What is your favorite place to run and why?
All over NYC, especially on the water.
At the beginning I loved to run in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some of the views of Lower Manhattan are so beautiful. Now it’s getting a bit too small.
I also like to run over the Brooklyn Bridge and then up on the Hudson River Greenway. I hope to become fit enough to run up all the length of West Manhattan.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Ludovico Einaudi. For some reason his minimalistic music fits my running amazingly well, and makes me feel happy. The views of NYC with Einaudi’s music are the very definition of beauty to me.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I don’t have one. I eat what feel right, from hot chicken soup in these really cold days, to a big salad in the summer.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I’ve been running on and off for several years. When I was in my teens I had a few encounters with running, but I felt awkward and uneasy about running, so I never really worked on it.
In 1994 I moved to the US and I was at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Some of my friends ran, so I joined them and I used to run on the track where Pre ran. I started to feel then that I loved running, but I still felt that “I was not a runner.”
Then 3 years ago I took running again, and I really got into it. But then I got injured and I had to stop for a while. I started again last year, and I became a much wiser and more informed runner, so I was able to stick with it for almost a year.
A few things that I find unique to running and I love about it:
– As I get fitter and I can run more, I noticed that distances start to shrink. Places that seemed quite big become smaller and smaller, and I want to explore more and expand my world.
– There is nothing more amazingly beautiful than running in a new place. In the past few years I traveled a lot for work and vacation and I had a chance to run in a lot of different places: Chicago, Seattle, Boulder, Eugene, Toronto, London, Paris, Nice, Rome, Shanghai, Costa Rica.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I’ve been working on my Chirunning form, so I try to do joint looseners that Danny Dreyer suggests in his books every time I get ready to run.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’ve just turned 54. I was born in Rome, Italy, and I moved to the US in 1994. I lived in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and New York. I work for Google and sometimes I run to work.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
This would be my first time half-marathon. I’ve been running consistently for the past 10 months and I’ve seen myself becoming fitter and stronger. I’m excited to run the Half because it’s another personal achievement, and because I love the “everybody runs” feel that I get in these events. And I’m terrified at the same time. I’ve never run so long in my life.