For the past 18 years, Lista has operated the cafe.
“I love what I do,” he said. “When you’re in the restaurant business, it’s seven days a week.”
He’s usually there about 80 hours a week.
“I usually start at the market, so that’s usually between 6 and 7 and then I try to get in here no later than 8 a.m.,” Lista said.
After spending at least 12 hours in the cafe, his day isn’t over. He laces up his running shoes and runs through the park.
“Depending on what the schedule is like here, I’ll either run early in the morning or during the afternoon,” he said.
Lista said he and a friend decided to run the Manchester Road Race. He said it was a race he’ll never forget.
“It was a pretty horrible experience,” Lista said.Â “It was raining, I didn’t really train well for it [and]Â my feet were killing me at the end. I couldn’t walk for a week, but I decided I wasn’t going to end like that. So I decided the next year, I went back and ran the Manchester race and trained correctly for it. It was a much better experience and that’s when I started to become a runner.”
He trained with a group from Fleet Feet in West Hartford and signed up for theÂ Hartford Half Marathon.
After that came a full marathon in Vermont, then another sixÂ months later.
“It helps me structure my physical activity,” Lista said.Â “It gives me time to reflect and think and be by myself, which I like. When I run, I don’t run with music so it gives me time to think and I find it relaxing. And I find it enjoyable and I find if I don’t run for two days it throws me off and I probably get a little cranky. I just don’t feel the same.”
Now, five half marathons and five full marathons later, Lista made the Philadelphia Marathon his sixth.
This time, he said he’s lacing up the shoes to raise money for the culinary training program.
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