What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
Along the Hudson River, from 57th street up to Harlem: running-wise, it’s ideal — wide path, usually uncrowded, relatively flat, lots of shade with water fountains along the way. It’s also pretty quiet, which allows me to really get into my head and focus, whether it’s on how I’m running, or my problem of the day, or on the new song I’m obsessed with, etc.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I like anything with a good beat, but my favorite “I’m struggling right now and need to get pumped up song” is “All I Do Is Win,” by DJ Khaled with Rick Ross, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and T-Pain. It’s great to cue up right before that big hill or the last little stretch before the finish line (and it’s a sometimes much-needed reminder that regardless of where you finish, every race is a win).
What is your favorite post-run meal?
I don’t get hungry until about an hour after a race, and then I always want eggs, in whatever form I can get them — poached, scrambled, fried, in an omelet, whatever. This works out nicely for me, since most races end right around peak brunch time.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
A few years ago, I was in between apartments and living far from my gym. On a whim, I started exploring the area along the Hudson River, and realized that it’d be a nice spot to run. I’d never really run before (at least not since the days of high school gym class), but I really needed a workout and that Hudson River area looked doable. I started out with 2 or 3 mile runs, then started running a bit longer, and then a bit longer — I realized that running was a great way to clear my head and kind of disengage from the world for a bit.
Even now, when I get extremely busy or stressed out, I like to go for a run to get away from everything for a bit (or use that time to think things out without outside input).
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The night before, I set out my race clothes (including my socks and underwear!), bib, safety pins, hair ties, and anything else I’m bringing with me.
The morning of the race, I wake up an hour before I have to leave and make myself a peanut butter-banana sandwich on one slice of whole-wheat toast. (I’m very particular about the sandwich.)
Why did you choose to run this event?
When I started running a few years ago, I told myself I’d never run more than a 10K. A year later, that 10K became my first half-marathon (on my 25th birthday!). But I told myself, 13.1 miles — that’s it.
After a few half marathons, I began thinking about doing a full — halfs, while still challenging, were becoming more manageable. I witnessed the excitement and buzz of the TCS New York City Marathon outside my apartment on First Avenue last year, and I began to entertain the idea of running this event.
Tell us a little more about yourself
In addition to the fitness and the “clearing my head” aspect, I run so that I can eat! I love food in all its forms, but especially when it’s drizzled with chocolate or topped with melted cheese. I blog about cooking and eating at bitesoutoflife.com.
When not running or eating, I work at HuffPost Live (live.huffingtonpost.com), the streaming video arm of the Huffington Post. It’s a ton of fun, and not just because I can spot celebs from my desk.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
The prospect of running throughout New York City and finishing in Central Park is really appealing to me — this city has been my home for nearly 9 years, and I’m excited to experience it in this new way.