First of all, Olivier, thank you for supporting Onion Things!
How long have you been living in New York? How could you describe the city in few words?
— “Time moves very quickly in New York. It’s been 3 years since I moved, but it feels like only yesterday. I grew up in Rome and Paris, two wonderful cities and I still feel privileged when I look out my office’s window and see the sunset on the skyline behind the Brooklyn Bridge.
New York is a beautiful and vibrant city. If you wake up at 6 am, you can watch a crowd of energetic early birds walking in the streets, runners doing their daily workout before going to work, and impatient people honking in their car. The city is also full of creative and ambitious people. They come here from all around the world to achieve their dreams and they have no time to waste :).”
Any tip to share from your insider’s point of view?
— “In Dumbo, you can find a fancy and quiet coffee shop called Usagi
. They have incredible art books and often put up exhibitions. It’s the perfect place to work and find inspiration.”
Last year, in November 2017, you took part in the 47th annual New York City marathon amongst more than 50,000 runners. Can you tell us about your experience?
— “It was my first time running a marathon, and it was spectacular. Even though I had run multiple races in the paces, I felt a bit nervous. I didn’t know if I could handle such a long distance. I was worried that the public would distract me from the run and my breath. Running a marathon in New York really makes you appreciate the diverse atmospheres of the city. I will never forget the long and hard climb on the Queensboro Bridge. It was a very quiet moment where I only heard the breath of the other runners. Nothing beat the feeling of reaching Manhattan where the effervescent crowd welcomed the runners with claps and cheering. The end of the race in Central Park was the icing on the cake because I really felt like a champion.”
You are going to participate to this marathon for the 2nd time on Sunday. How did you prepare? What advice would you give to someone looking to make the most of this race?
— “I have been training a lot during the whole year, alongside the East and Hudson Rivers, as well as in Central Park. I trained regardless of the weather. Whether it was blistering hot, or whether it was -10˚C and snowing, I never missed a session! To be well-prepared, I ran some of the five-borough series. Hope it will help!
Most importantly, during this long yet exceptional run, let your mind go and feel the vibes of the supportive crowd.”