Editor’s Note: SOURCE invited runners from Team Framingham and a couple of other Framingham-based charity teams to participate in a series of Q&As about their training for the 2021 Boston marathon to be held in October this year, due to the pandemic. If you would like to submit a profile contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, October 11.
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Marathon Team: Framingham
Is this your first marathon? 2nd marathon (NY 2017)
What is your personal best marathon time? 4 hrs 40-something
Is this your first Boston Marathon? Yes
Did you participate in the 2020 virtual marathon? No
Why run Boston? I am running Boston because I have lived here for 25 years and I’ve watched and gotten inspired by the Boston marathon many times.
Which charity are you raising money for? Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest
Why did you pick that charity? I am a special education teacher in Framingham and I have seen many students in my school benefit from the programs provided by the B&G club.
Link to your charity fundraising page:
How did you first get into running? I started running when I was 28 or 29 years old. I went on a cross country trip with a friend who ran and she introduced me to running. My dad was a runner for 50+ years.
Why do you like to run? I like to run because I can get into a zone. Sometimes it is like meditation and other times it helps me clear my head.
Tell me something about your training for the marathon:
How has the pandemic changed your running habits? During the pandemia I did mostly cycling. When I heard I was getting a bib, I started running again. I have done 2 runs with the team but I will do the next few runs alone because I will be visiting my family in Peru. The good thing about training there is the weather this time of the year. The not so good things are that I will be running mostly alone and I will have to wear a mask since most of the restrictions have not been lifted yet.
What is your favorite cross-training activity? I am planning to do some cycling and hopefully I can find an open studio to practice yoga.
Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why? I have done both. I think running with the team is better and helps with your motivation.
Are you an early morning runner or evening runner? I am an evening runner while school is in session but I will be a morning runner when I am training this summer.
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? I just get out and start running while telling myself “You can do this!”
Music or no music when running? If music, favorite song? When I am running, I prefer to listen to podcasts. I listened to Serial and other podcasts focused on true crime stories when I trained for NY.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? Banana and peanut butter
What is your favorite post-run snack? Beer and chips!
Tell SOURCE readers something about you that has nothing to do with running: I love to travel. I have been to all continents except Antarctica. I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010.
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? On marathon day and any other day I run, I wear Brooks Adrenaline.
What is your goal for the 2021 Boston Marathon? My goal is to finish the marathon in under 5 hours and have FUN!
Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2021 Boston Marathon? Why? I may wear a red an white shirt (my country’s colors) with my name on it. It gives you more energy when people call your name as you run by them.