Alumni Spotlight: Julie Tucker

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
My first event with Team for Kids was the 2014 TCS New York Marathon.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I love feeling like a part of something bigger and doing something for a great cause. It was amazing how over the course of a few months and many miles, fellow runners became teammates and then close friends!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
It’s funny I can feel so possessive about Central Park. We live at the very top of the park so I would say the Harlem Hills! And every race over them I think to myself ‘this is your turf, you’ve got this, this is your place.’ I also think that all the hilly miles really prepared me for the bridges and hills on race day.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’m 50/50 about running with music. A lot of times I really enjoy just listening to the sounds of the city (and my feet), but if I do run with music it’s a mix of things from Pitbull to Coldplay.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Not to plug a restaurant too blatantly, but Rubirosa in Little Italy for pizza, pasta and a great glass of red wine.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Ha, this is funny, I really got into running when I liked this guy who was a runner and I wanted to spend more time with him. He asked if I liked running and I said yes (how hard could it be, really!?)…we went for a run together and I nearly died! But my scheme worked; we wound up getting married, running several marathons and hundreds of races together over the years. He is still the best running buddy I could ask for!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I methodically lay everything out the night before including putting my number on my race belt. And, for big races, I make the same pasta sauce. Actually I keep the ingredients needed in the freezer labelled ‘pre-race sauce.’

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
Despite having run several marathons before, I hadn’t run one in over 10 years (and I had three beautiful children in that time off) so I really thought of myself as a newbie and in need of all the support and camaraderie that TFK provides. The support and coaching was critical to my success!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a married mom of three, and maybe a tad bit older than your average TFKer, but I really enjoy taking my running seriously. It’s such a great sport in which age doesn’t really matter! When I am not running, I work in marketing at The New York Times, love to cook, scuba dive and ski.

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I have already signed up to train and run the 2015 marathon and I can’t wait!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
Do it! If you start and stay focused, you can finish with a smile on your face.

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