Member Spotlight: Larry Buchanan

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half with New York Road Runners Team for Kids!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
It seems like a great organization and if I was going to run anyway, why not try to raise some money, too!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Carroll Gardens, around the corner from Red Hook, so I run in Red Hook a lot, down to Valentino Pier, and out to the end of the pier past Fairway. I’m often the only one out there, which is a feeling you don’t get many places in New York.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I just ran the Frozen Penguin Half along the Belt Parkway — it was 19 degrees — and made this Spotify playlist for it.  

What is your favorite post-run meal?
A cheeseburger.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
In college. I started to get fat (and still probably am) and ran to not be so fat. My first half marathon was in Miami, Florida, with my wife and 3 of my best friends. It was one of worst experiences of my life. 80˚ in December, 100% humidity, and the course was just along one lane of the highway. It was brutal. But I got over it, ran a few more half marathons, then won the New York City marathon lottery — which isn’t much of a win, really, “Hey you have to run 26 miles now and we charged your credit card!” — 2 years ago and ran that. It was amazing. I still don’t particularly love running and have a hard time sticking to a training routine, so I ended up signing up for more races to force me to run, which seems like a losing strategy, but oh well. It’s better than sitting.

Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
I’m a graphics editor at The New York Times. My wife works for the city. We have a dog and a cat. My running coach, Kevin Quealy, is a fellow graphics editor at the Times. I am also, subsequently, his running coach.

 

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