Hudson River Park

Interview with a Runner

2014 is the year of running for this week's runner, Maria Malta. Maria sucessfully completed her first half marathon this spring (one of our favorites - the Brooklyn Half!) and is gearing up for her first marathon with the NYC Marathon on her plate this fall.  Both are local races for Maria who lives in Manhattan with her husband, Steve, where she is a publicist for Legacy Recordings/SONY Music. In addition to running, she enjoys listening to music, traveling to interesting destinations, discovering new restaurants, reading, and tuning into her favorite TV shows. Congratulations to Maria on her first half and we are excited to watch her cross the marathon finish line this fall in Central Park!

When did you start running?
I started running seriously only within the last two years. Running became an outgrowth of my overall cardio workouts (boxing, cycling, elliptical, etc.).

Who or what inspires you to run?
My Father inspires me when I run. I often think of him when I am hitting a challenging hill, or feel like my tank is out of gas. He played college football and enjoyed sports, but his age and health issues prevent him from being active.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
Rain or shine, Hudson River Park; there is something serene about running along the waterfront.

Favorite post-run meal?
I enjoy a bowl of Bear Naked granola, with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and soy milk.

Best piece of running advice?
Rest days are important. It’s really hard for me not to work out, but I realize when I am rested I have better runs. The foam roller is your friend, and breathe-it’s not important if you breathe through your nose or mouth-just do it!

Are you running for fun or sport?
I enjoy running for fun/workout, as well as races.

Who would you love to run with (doesn't have to be a runner)?
I prefer to run solo. It allows me stay focused and tuned into my body and it’s easier to clear my head if I run on my own.

Favorite way to sweat other than run? 
Any type of cardio, elliptical, cycling, rowing, I really need to feel like I’ve worked out. To keep everything in alignment and to get a good stretch, I practice Iyengar Yoga.