Cristina Carrazza, 27, will be completing her third marathon this November with Team
JA New York. Check out why Junior Achievement's mission supports her career, how training has affected her life, who will be singing in her headphones as she crosses the finish line, and more!
Q: How did you get involved with JA New York?
A: I am a developmental psychologist and my research focuses on promoting children’s early math learning. Through my work, I know just how important math competence is for helping children fulfill their potential. My father used to be a JA teacher while he was in business school and introduced me to the organization. It felt serendipitous to combine my love for running and passion for math education and join Team JA New York as I train for my dream race.
Q: Why did you decide to run the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon?
A: The NYC Marathon has always been my dream race. There is something magical about shutting down the greatest city in the world and running 26.2 through all five boroughs with 50,000 strangers. With 3 other marathons under my belt, I finally feel ready to tackle those Central Park hills and make this dream a reality.
Q: Who/what is your biggest motivation to train?
A: Proving that little voice in my head that tells me I’m too slow/lazy/loser wrong. Also, the indescribable glory that comes from crossing a finish line.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Accomplishing something I didn’t think I could do – whether that is running longer, faster, or stronger - and embracing the fact that “success” means something different for each race.
Q: What is the best running/training lesson you’ve learned?
A: Long distance running has shown me endless times that I can do hard things. It’s not about time or speed but about finishing something arduous and not giving up when it gets hard. Every day I put in the work to make the impossible a little more accessible.
Q: What is the most challenging part of marathon training?
A: Early alarms on hot summer days. My friends might also mention the fact that my social life is now nonexistent or that I seem to only talk about training.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-run meals?
A: Start bland with toast, peanut butter, banana, and coffee. Finish by treating yourself to the breakfast you promised yourself 3 hours into a long run that pushed you to the finish.
Q: What are some songs on your favorite running playlist?
A: “Error Operator” by Taking Back Sunday, “All I Want” by A Day to Remember, Pitbull’s early catalogue, and of course “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys as I visualize myself crossing the finish line in Central Park come November.
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