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Jennifer Werbitsky used to brag that she had 15 dining hall desserts one night during her freshman year at Cornell University. A few months and 15 extra pounds later, the feat seemed far less impressive.

“When I started running, I had that mentality that ‘I’m running a lot, so I can eat whatever I want,’ ” she said.

Chalk that up to one of many lessons the 22-year-old East Aurora native and Nardin Academy gradudate learned on her way to a job in June as an investment banker in Manhattan. She completed her seventh marathon earlier this month, in New York City, in 4 hours, 15 minutes, 52 seconds.

What are the foods that weigh you down when you run?

I’ve noticed that any kind of cheese can make you feel heavier. Anything that’s fried or greasy, where you’re tasting less of the food itself and more how it’s prepared. And red meat is a rarity in my diet, especially when I’m preparing for a race. Once I cut out red meat day to day, I felt like I was carrying a lot less with me when I ran.

Foods that lift you up?

Kale, spinach and broccoli I sort of view as super foods. I live off quinoa and kale; those are the two big ones. Bananas are an awesome energy food. Flaxseed oatmeal is a big one. Ezekiel Seven Grain English muffins.

– Scott Scanlon

On the Web: Get Werbitsky’s tips on Turkey Trot preparation at blogs.buffalonews.com/refresh.