Megan Albin, 33, will be running her 5th marathon this year with Team JA New York in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon! Read about how her friends keep her motivated, her post-race dinner plan for November 3rd, and more!
Q: How did you get involved with JA New York?
A: I first heard about JA at my place of employment while learning about various volunteer opportunities that supported financial literacy education in youth. I volunteered with JA in a local elementary school in Missouri. I love what JA supports and was excited to join the JA New York team.
Q: Why did you decide to run the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon?
A: I spectated my husband run the 2014 and 2016 TCS NYC Marathon, then we ran the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon together and the experience was one that I will never forget. The TCS NYC Marathon is like no other marathon, I cannot wait to re-live the experience again!
Q: Who/what is your biggest motivation to train?
A: Training for marathons and triathlons is my social life, I enjoy the time it gives me to spend with friends, de-stress, and it keeps me sane and in good health.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Staying consistent and improving myself without getting injured. Of course I am competitive with friends, but at the end of the day I have personal targets for myself that I aspire to achieve.
Q: What is the best running/training lesson you’ve learned?
A: Never say never because anything that you put your mind to is possible!
Q: What is the most challenging part of marathon training?
A: Waking up before 5am to train and being on time to meet my training partners!
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-run meals?
A: Pre-Run: Mashed Potatoes, lots of Mashed Potatoes!
Post-Run: I like recovery shakes after training runs but after the NYC Marathon I already have my post marathon meal planned – Chinese food!
Q: What are some songs on your favorite running playlist?
A: Call me crazy, I don’t listen to music when I run. I like to enjoy conversations with friends while I run, or get lost in my thoughts.
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