Tim Stelzer, 39, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Tim’s fifth marathon, and he gave us some insight into how he got involved with Junior Achievement, what he finds rewarding about running, who inspires him most , and more.
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Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?
A: I first heard of JA when a volunteer visited my son’s first grade class and initiated a conversation around money management. That experience opened up a great opportunity for us to discuss personal finances. I’ve always dreamed of running the NY Marathon, and this year’s race falls on the day after my 40th birthday. By running for JA New York, I am able to realize a bucket list goal while supporting an organization whose mission aligns with my values.
Q: How did you first get into running?
A: Running for me started as a punishment doled out by my basketball and baseball coaches growing up. I didn’t begin running for running’s sake until I met my wife and we began training together. Now it’s an integral part of my life.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: My motivation is to remain fit and healthy so I’m always ready for whatever physical or mental challenge life throws my way. One specific tactic is to document training plans and record results to hold myself accountable towards a goal.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Success as a runner is measured by consistency, continuous improvement and health. Any time or distance successes stem from this foundation.
Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?
A: Find a group of friends to run with and make training a ritual. The social aspect of running will make you more likely to continue with it and also challenge you to perform your best.
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: The clarity of mind, body and spirit achieved when running, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a strenuous effort.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My kids. Their determination is a source of strength for me whenever the going gets tough on a training run or during a race.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: A macchiato and tacos is my perfect post-run meal.