What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I had to take the President’s Physical Fitness test in 6th grade when my family moved to Oregon, and I did miserable at most of the events. EXCEPT for the 600 yard dash. I came in second in my grade and qualified for the Presidential level in the event! That positive experience always stuck with me, and I carried it into adulthood.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
Greyhound, by Swedish House Mafia. It absolutely BANGS, and the video is super cool too with robot dogs and more haute couture than you can shake a stick at, check it out.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
My 1997 Portland Marathon finisher medal. It was my first marathon finish, and toughest race up to that point. I partially ripped a tendon behind my right knee and had to walk the last 7 miles, but I got it done!
What is your dream race or location for a run?
I’d really like to run in the Tokyo Marathon someday, ideally with a family member. Running is wildly popular there, and I am sure the crowd support would be incredible.
What is your favorite trail to run?
Any trail that I am on my son or daughter with. For me, recreational easy runs are more about the company than the scenery. I do spend a lot of time at Lake Del Valle though, I like the dam view.
What’s your favorite race distance?
5k. I get the biggest endorphin rush, and it is my best distance when I run my time through any percentile grader. The small collection of age group medals I have are mostly from 5ks.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
You are going to have to ask me after Beer Mile, it’s not a suitable story for print.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
I enjoy time with my two children the most. When I am not with them, I like reading, mostly science fiction. I love Star Trek and Star Wars equally well, and also pineapple on pizza.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
I’ve read dozens of books on running and have many runners that I admire. Dean Karnazes taught me to try things I had never thought of before. Emil Zatopek was super human in his effort level and innovative far beyond the times he lived in. Meb Keflezighi showed me what a person thought to be past their prime could still do. David Goggins is my role model of how to grind your way to an objective. My biggest running hero though, is my son. He placed 4th in conference in the 1600 in his first full year of high school track, training on the sidewalks and roads in town by himself during over a year of social distancing. He pours everything he has into his races, which motivates me to do the same.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
I had a number of big life events happen in my 40’s that took me away from regular training for an extended period. I still had a persistent desire to run a marathon again though, and after a couple stops and starts in training, I made it to the finish at the 2007 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in my fastest time yet. That was when I knew I’d never let go of that feeling again, I was in for life.
What are your goals?
Next up is to go under 4 hours for a marathon, I am targeting CIM this year. Longer term, a BQ, finish a 50 miler, and compete in the World Masters Track and Field Championships. And run that race in Tokyo. And not upchuck at the next Beer Mile. That is one of the great things about running, there is always a worthy goal to strive for.
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
Tough question! I’ll go with Deschutes Black Butte Porter, on the nitro tap in their pub in Portland. Its like a rainbow of unicorns prancing through heaven in a glass, on the shoulders of a thousand jolly leprechauns.