Monday, August 1, 2016

I saw this on social media over the weekend and thought it would make a good topic for a post.  It also made me think a little bit about how to answer these and had me taking some trips down memory lane.  At this point in training, which is not going well, I need any kind of distraction I can find.  Some of my answers even surprised me.

1. Favorite distance—5k (3.1 miles). I am more of a sprinter than a distance runner.  And in truth I don’t enjoy the fatigue that comes from running so the quicker I can get a race done (and 5k is the fastest), the better.  Oddly, I’ll give an honorable mention to the marathon. What a dichotomy, right?  Well, for completely different reasons, I love what the marathon brings out of me.  I write about this in my book, you should check it out.

2. Favorite shoe—Asics.  Period.  As long as it is a stability shoe, the actual type doesn’t matter.  But I am brand loyal.

3. Equipment you can’t live without— my phone and cordless headphones.  Although I ran the Marine Corps Marathon without headphones, so maybe it’s just my crutch.

4. Favorite race—Chicago Marathon.  How can you go wrong with 2 million spectators?  It’s also one of my fondest memories.

5. Best result: 2008 Philadelphia Marathon, 3:16:03.  This is like Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak.  I don’t know that I’ll ever match that time (or come close) again. Crazy note about this is that it wasn’t my Boston Qualifier and was one of the toughest obstacles I’ve ever had to overcome, missing qualifying by just 4 seconds.

6. Why you run: because I’m goal driven. And I love to eat, so running keeps me honest with my weight.  If I didn’t run, I’d probably be 300 pounds.

7. How long have you been running? Since March, 2002.

8. Have you been injured? Yes, fractured navicular bone in my left foot (but this was an ice hockey officiating injury).  My running injuries have been less severe, but mostly a few bouts of plantar fasciitis and minor knee issues.  I’ve been very lucky.

9. Have you gone a year without injury? Yes, but only once.

10. Run streak? 153 days from May 23, 2015 – October 22, 2015.  Stopped because of a slightly pulled left hamstring, which I took with me to the Marine Corps Marathon.  You can read about that here.  I doubt I’ll try another run streak but you never know. 

11. Have you run in another country? No, but I ran in Las Vegas, which is kind of like a different country. 🙂

12. U.S. states have you raced in? Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Delaware, Tennessee, Nevada, Kentucky, Virginia, District of Columbia, Arizona.

13. The most important thing running has taught you? That the human mind is your strongest asset. The human mind can overcome anything.  We don’t fully understand what we are capable of handling until we are pushed to the literal edge.

14. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Too many, but I currently rotate four pairs.

15. Training partners? None. I fly solo.

16. Favorite energy product? Strawberry Banana GU Gels and Gatorade Energy Chews

17. Cross training activity? Walking, weightlifting (when my shoulder is 100%)

18. Runs during week? 4-5

19. Water or sports drink? Both. Gatorade G.

20. Most unusual running experience?  Only because it was completely different than anything I had done, but doing the Seven Springs Mud on the Mountain (7+ mile obstacle race), which I’ve done twice. 

In closing, there is no sense in going into another long run disappointment, which I experienced yesterday.  I’m focusing forward.  Tomorrow is a new day, and one in which I will run 3 miles.  Wednesday is speed work day where Yasso 800’s will make an appearance, and I will be posting again Wednesday night.

Run on…