Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Falkner

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running The Big Apple Challenge with Team for Kids, consisting of the United Airlines NYC Half and the TCS New York City Marathon!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running at Brooklyn Bridge Park, around DUMBO, and down to Red Hook. I also love running over the bridge (I live in Brooklyn Heights area) and then through Tri BeCa and up the West Side Highway and over to Central Park.

I pretty much like running everywhere I travel, because I can see a lot while running through a city and its parks or waterfronts. I also love running by the ocean and did in Long Beach, NY recently on its little boardwalk.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I listen to different music when I run, but often find myself listening to Hunger Games on Pandora or Ferry Corsten on Pandora. I ran a 20K run a couple weeks ago and listened to the new Adele recording 4 times on the run.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Usually, I am not hungry right after a run so I will make a smoothie with coconut water, dates, flax and chia, almond butter or peanut butter, non-fat yogurt, brown rice protein powder, ice and vanilla extract.

I like raw oysters, salad with lots of seeds and nuts and fruit or dried fruit and cheese in it. I change my salads around a lot.

I also like a little chicken or lamb or fish!!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started playing soccer when I was 9 years old and continued to play in leagues until I was 38, so I ran a lot during games and also just to keep fit to play. Then I continued to run and do more yoga, mixed martial arts, Pilates, and met a trainer who does Jungshin Fitness, which is a workout using a wooden sword. I have also done Spin and similar classes here in NY. I only started doing 10K races this last year and am now working on the half marathons to build to the full marathon. The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will be my first marathon.

Overall, running feels good and burns calories and as someone who often has to taste and loves to eat, it’s super important. I like staying fit, feeling good, and looking good!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t really have any rituals or superstitions yet. I pay attention to what I am eating all week to build to the race and pay attention to how my body feels.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I was so inspired after watching Stacy O’Mara run the TCS New York City Marathon and I thought, you know Falkner, it’s time for a goal like this!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a Chef who mostly worked, and owned restaurants in, San Francisco. I moved to NY 3.5 years ago to open a few restaurants here for other owners. I have written 2 cookbooks, Demolition Desserts and Cooking off the Clock and am now writing a memoir.

I am often on Food television and lately have been working on a Food/Art installation. I am an advocate for people to take care of their bodies and live through exercising with them and cooking more inventive and conscious with them. I cook at Food & Wine events all over and am the past president of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and am on the culinary council for Holland-America Line. I cook to love and I love to cook and I stay fit to cook and love!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am a believer in preventative medicine and in my personal and professional life, the programs that NYRR Team for Kids does, is right in line with what I live and teach. I really want to help kids develop healthy habits, improve confidence and self-esteem, and perform better by staying fit and eating nutritious foods for a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives.

I have always been an athletic chef and believe that chefs really need to stay fit to cook their whole lives. It is a brutal profession.

I watched my friend Stacy O’Mara run the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015 and was so inspired by her and everyone who was running. I have always thought I might run a marathon some day and watching the runners in 2015 has inspired me to sign up for the United Airlines NYC Half and the TCS New York City Marathon. I am turning 50 this year and have never run a marathon so this is a great year to do it!

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