Name: Anne Elisa Gerszewski
Where were you born and raised? Brazil. I lived in Brazil for 28 years before moving to London. I lived In the British capital for 6 before moving to the USA.
When did you begin running? I began running when I was a gymnast, as part of my conditioning. I was only 9 or 10 years old.
How did you get started running? It was part of my daily training as a gymnast. I kept running my whole life because it makes me happy. I love the freedom of putting my shoes on and just go for a run; it doesn’t matter where I am.
Favorite distance to run: 10k
Favorite race: I don’t do races so my favorite one is crossing the Grand Canyon with AZ TNT. It is not a race against anyone but yourself and your mind.
Favorite Track N Trail event: Grand Canyon trip has a special place in my heart. I love going to track Wednesday nights too. When I moved to Arizona I didn’t know anyone. I am glad I found the club and made so many friends. Jim, Linda and all the AZ TNT crew have a special place in my heart.
Favorite place to run: around the lakes in Geneva and Zurich. When I used to travel for business to Switzerland I would run every opportunity that I had. I loved the fresh air. Switzerland is like a painting. It is such a beautiful place.
Favorite Quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (Albert Einstein)
Favorite Song to Listen to while running: I love vocal jazz in general. Melody Gardot is my favorite. I lot of people think jazz and running don’t go together but for me it always work. It makes me relax and enjoy my runs even more.
If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? I had a hard time answering this question. I would say Brazil. Because of all the street violence sometimes it is difficult to run in my own country, I am always afraid. I wish Brazil wasn’t so violent and I could just put my shoes and go when I am there.
Other Hobbies: yoga, skiing, reading, travelling, arranging flowers.
Advice for new runners: don’t forget to condition your legs and take it easy when you start. I also love yoga and I think it complements running very well. 2 or 3 classes a week can make a big difference.