What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half!
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I ran this race last year as my first half-marathon, and it was an amazing experience. To do it again, this time earning my bib through fundraising, is just extra inspiration to push myself. I’ll feel even better crossing the finish line knowing that money has been raised to help kids, and will feel a connection with everyone wearing the TFK shirts along the way.
What is your favorite place to run and why?
By the East River and Hudson River. It’s always changing in terms of scenery, and has really good steps to break it up. I can compact a long run into sections easily (Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan Bridge, to Basketball City, to Williamsburg Bridge). It just makes it easier to digest, and there’s something really calming about running by the water. Bonus points if you’re running at sundown or sunset.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
When I first started running I listened to music. Pretty much anything that was on my Spotify playlists. Then a friend of mine told me that he never runs listening to music. The thought of it sounded boring at first, but when I gave it a shot it was so much more relaxing. I came back from my run stress-free. Everything that I normally process during a run – work or personal – was out of my head. I focused more on my breathing, on my pace, and enjoyed the sights of the run more than I had in the past. I haven’t listened to music while running since.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Anything delicious. But that also applies for every other meal.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I used to run track back in high school. But then didn’t run for a while. Some coworkers were going to sign up for the BK Half last year and I jumped on the bandwagon. When I started training for it I really fell in love. Ran 3 more half-marathons last year, finishing the year with 12 organized races and hundreds of miles under my belt. I’ve always done subjective sports, like soccer, snowboarding, skiing, etc. I can feel like I had a good day/match, but running has tapped into my competitive spirit with really measurable outcomes. Time and position. I love it. Makes me want to push myself a lot.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
No rituals or superstitions. Just want to get there early and do some stretching. If possible have a good plate of pasta the night before.
Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
It was so much fun last year – wouldn’t want to miss it! But what I did miss was the regular sign-up window, so although somewhat by obligation to get a bib, I signed up with TFK. Raised over four hundred dollars and honestly feel better about doing that for charity and will continue to do that for some more races over the course of the year.
Tell us a little more about yourself
Work in marketing, love sports, food, photography, nature, exploring, etc.
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