Dave Mink, 22, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Dave’s second marathon, and he gave us some insight into how he stays motivated, what he finds most rewarding about running, his go-to pre-race meal, and more.
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Q: How did you first get into running?
A: High school track.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: I like to stay in shape in general but I need some race in the future to be able to stay serious and committed. This is why I like running challenging races to keep pushing myself to be better.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: I measure success by improving each week throughout training, no matter what you are training for whether it’s your 1st 5k or 10th marathon I think that is the best way to quantify success in running.
Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?
A: Sign up for a race and pick a goal – either completing the race or a time goal. For me when I run marathons my goal is to finish and if I break 4 hours that a bonus. I think having realistic goals and hitting them is a good way to stay on track and gives your training a purpose.
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: To see how far you can push your body is really rewarding for me, I also think that I feel a lot better the days I run both physically and mentally. Meeting people through running is also a plus.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Other runners and regular people trying to get into shape/ stay in shape.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: The night before I like chicken or veal parm with some pasta on the side and a salad and a lot of water. Post race I like breakfast sandwiches and beer – beer gives your body instant carbs and really helps your body and mind relax after a long race.