We Sat down with Sabrina, Certified Coach and Athlete who lives in New York City, to chat about her passion for running, Health and being ‘Gutzy’.
For more info on Sabrina, check: runningbrina.com
1. How did you get into running?
I first started running to lose weight. Once I realized how beneficial it was for my health I continued to stay more active, be outside and meet new people.
2. What is your favorite route to run in NYC?
I love running bridges. So my favorite route to run in NYC is to start in Lower Manhattan and cross towards Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge. I love the Dumbo area and the piers leading up to Red Hook. I turn back and cross again towards Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge. Run through famous Chinatown, back to the water and then eventually end up where I started. It’s a challenging course but you get so much to see from the city.
3. What was the first big race you ran?
The NYC Half was my first big race. I will never forget how nervous I was. It’s still my favorite race to this day. They changed the course 2 years ago and made it more challenging, included a bridge and let runners finish in Central Park. If you love New York City, that’s the perfect race because you get to see a lot in those 13.1 miles.
4. What’s the Gutziest you’ve ever been to finish a race?
The New York City Marathon in 2017. It was my first marathon and I was standing on the Verrazano Bridge thinking “what the heck did I sign up for”. When I started running, a marathon seemed impossible and surreal for me. I was never really athletic and hated any physical exercise in school.
So here I was with tears of both joy and fear in my eyes knowing that nothing is impossible in running. You just have to work hard and believe in yourself.
5. How does gut health tie into running for you?
Having an upset stomach while you’re running or even during a race can be very uncomfortable. Just being bloated for example can really hurt. So gut health plays a huge role for me to avoid any negative experiences like that.
6. What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started as a runner?
My biggest advice is to take things slow and listen to your body. Recovery is key and a healthy, well balanced diet is beneficial reaching the goals you may have set for yourself as well. Running is not just putting shoes on and head out to run. It’s taking care of yourself in and out and find the perfect balance between the new sports and rest.
If you are interested to find out more about Sabrina, please feel free to check her insta @runningbrina or her blog runningbrina.com