Gerardo Gonzalez, 40, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Gerardo’s first marathon, and he gave us some insight into why he got involved with JA New York, who inspires him the most, his all-time favorite food, and more.
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Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?
A: Through one of EY’s most important social responsibility event, “EY Connect day,” I had the opportunity to learn about JA New York and their outstanding cause to provide students with work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education. I taught a class for 5th graders of a public school in Brooklyn and the experience was phenomenal! Students were great, attentive but also eager to participate and learn.
The same day I learned that my name wasn’t picked in the NYC marathon drawing, I received an email from JA New York inviting me to participate, supporting the JA cause. I thought this was a terrific opportunity to support a great organization and realize my goal of running the marathon.
Q: How did you first get into running?
A: Quite frankly, I am still in the process of getting into running. The NYC marathon is my first “running anything, ever”. I am doing it because I want to force myself to be in better shape. Also, I want to set an example for my 2 boys, Santiago (7 years old) and Sebastian (4 years old) to show that “the sky is the limit.” Unconditional support from my wife and my sons got me into running.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: I started with the end in mind and doing so has helped tremendously to build up strength, confidence and hope. I see myself fighting a ferocious battle, mainly against myself, but successfully completing the race!
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Like everything else in life. Based on how much running feeds my satisfaction and contributes to my happiness. The more the better.
Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?
A: I am a new runner myself, but have been training for the last month. My family is my main source of motivation and the fuel is determination. Determination, determination, determination – “If the going gets easy you may be going downhill.”
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: The sense of self improvement, especially in terms of physical condition and mental clarity.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: The sense of completeness and happiness, which comes from my wife, Sissy, and my two boys, Santiago and Sebastian.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: Since this is my first marathon, I’d have to give my best guess based on my favorite food in the whole wide world: hamburgers – before and after the marathon- hamburgers always.