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From London To NYC, Advice On Running A Marathon

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From London To NYC, Advice On Running A Marathon

We chatted with our own Chief of Staff, Oliver Citrin, on how he preps for a marathon and his incredible experience running the London Marathon alongside his father.

Tell us a little about your role as the Chief of Staff at Goody. What does your day to day look like at a bustling start-up? Also, how do you find the time to prep for a marathon?

I really do a little bit of everything, but spend the vast majority of my time interviewing candidates and focusing on hiring. As our first employee only 10 months ago, it’s pretty wild to see that we just hired our 20th employee. 

I always try to get a run in before work starts in the morning, it allows me to clear my mind ahead of the day and I always feel energized once I finish.


You just ran your first official marathon in London with your father; that must have been quite an incredible experience! Next up for you, the world renowned NYC Marathon! What inspired you to start running marathons and will your father be joining you in NYC as well? 

Yes! [It] Was an incredible experience to run the London Marathon with my dad. He's been running marathons for years so [I] was able to learn from an expert. I’m hoping to run NYC with him as well next week but TBD on if I can keep up with him.

I signed up for the London and NYC marathons to prove to myself that I could achieve an ambitious goal, and achieve it through hard work and repetition. I also signed up before I was in running shape, so this served as a forcing mechanism to make myself train every day.


It is no secret that a lot of people who run marathons run for a specific cause. Can you tell us about a favorite cause you have supported through your marathon running and why you chose them? 

I ran London to raise money for Children with Cancer UK - a non-profit that uses funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment. It was extremely powerful and humbling to contribute to such an important cause, and something I will continue to donate and raise awareness for. 


When you prep for your races, are there any special items or rituals that help get you ready for those grueling 26.2 miles? 

Huge on carb-loading before races, made sure to bring Levain Bakery cookies with me to London for exactly this reason. 


What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate your accomplishment post race? 

Huge on carb-loading after races so will be enjoying some Milk Bar after NYC. Also definitely going to gift myself with a Spa Treatment at The Well. 


Running a marathon is no easy feat. What advice would you give someone who is considering training for a marathon? 

Start small and be patient! You aren’t going to run a marathon on your first day. The most important thing is to show up for the next day, and then the next. Before you know it you will be crossing the finish line of the London marathon :)