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(Updated) Marathon Fever: Spotlight on Ben Gomilla

Years Running

On and off for about 8 years but have taken it seriously the last 2 years.

Most Anticipated Part of Running NYC

Everything I’ve heard about from friends who have run is that there is so much energy in the air when running. I’m looking forward to being a part of the whole experience. This race is a culmination of almost 2 years of hard work and early morning workouts. In terms of fitness I kind of let myself go a few years ago and decided to turn it around in January 2017. I never could have imagined I would be running a marathon two years ago and am excited to cross that finish line for the first time.

Proudest Running Accomplishment

Finishing the run at the end of the NYC Triathlon. When I started running after getting off the bike my legs basically froze. I was in so much pain. But I took a moment and gathered myself and pushed through it.

How Business School Has Helped with Running

I think running and getting my MBA have both taught me to just push through being tired. Every time I think I need rest I just work through it and get it done. Whether that be running or doing MBA coursework. You just kind of learn to deal with being tired.

Favorite Running-Related Memory

Last summer there was this torrential downpour happening in NYC. I decided that that would be a good time to run. So I ran to East River in this massive storm and as I’m running down to the Williamsburg Bridge just getting drenched and all of sudden there’s thunder and lightning. It was the most amazing thing. The view of lightning striking in the background of the bridges as I run down the east river will forever be ingrained in as one of the coolest sights I’ll see.

Charity

I am running to raise money for a scholarship fund for students in the Philippines www.gofundme.com/ran-for-scholarship

Running Inspiration

We all must suffer one of two things. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

Post-Race Comments

The last couple of weeks were a bit rough for me. I ran the Staten Island half in October and got a stress reaction in my right tibia.

My orthopedist and physical therapist advised me to drop out, but I was very adamant that I had to run. When I got to the village the energy of race day was everything I had heard about. It was unreal. Waiting for the gun to go off at the Verrazano Bridge, I thought maybe my leg had miraculously healed and I wouldn’t feel anything.

However at Mile 12 it started radiating through my right leg and getting worse. By Mile 17 I was seriously struggling. And Miles 20–26.2 were probably the most pain I have ever felt in my life.

But I finished. It wasn’t the time I was hoping for (4:58) but I finished. I do have a stress fracture now so I can’t run till at least January but it was worth it. Despite the pain, I was in awe of the whole event and happy I got to be a part of it.

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