Franchesca Gasior, 36, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. She's run more than 5 marathons to date. This dedicated runner gave us some insight into why she loves running, what success means to her, her go-to post-race meal, and more.
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Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?
A: I was asked to volunteer to teach a JA Class.
Q: How did you first get into running?
A: I ran track in high school and in college so I always found running to be very therapeutic and a stress reliever.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: Staying motivated has been hard with the work schedule but I constantly remind myself that this is something I've wanted to do for a long time and I am now getting an opportunity to do it and more so that I am running for JA New York.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: I measure success as runner by how far you have managed to push yourself, be it an extra mile or running and beating your best time, but most importantly I measure success on how I feel at the end of my run (i.e. do I feel relaxed, less anxiety, happy, accomplished).
Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?
A: Find the time that works for you. I wake up at 5am and run at that time - I feel like it is right before the madness of the day begins. Eat and hydrate properly. It is so important since it fuels your run, and lastly make sure you are running with a pair of good running sneakers. They make all the difference.
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: It can be transformative and life changing. It gives you the time to clear your head and put things into perspective.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My daughter, I see strengths in her that I wish I had at 18.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: I don't really have a pre-marathon favorite meal but my post-marathon is a juicy burger and a beer.
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