What got you out running/walking for the first time?
In high school, there was a physical education test, where you received points for completing tasks. Enough points and you were awarded gold shorts. I had enough points, but still needed to finish the running task. Because I didn’t like running, I wasn’t going to put much effort into it. I was left behind when everyone started. The competitor in me came out, and I finished in 2nd place. I still remember the satisfaction of doing well and the disappointment in myself for not trying from the beginning. It was years later before I ran again. What once was my dislike is now my passion.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
Hearing Chad Johnson praise the benefits of podcasts while running, I started listening. My runs have been so much more enjoyable. I listen to Dateline, Running Rogue and Detective Trapp to name a few.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
Our recent house fire helped me determine what my favorite is (all my medals are smoke/water damaged). I’ve found it wasn’t the medals that were of importance to me. It is the Javelina Jundred Pacer shirt from the two years I paced Sukhy Gil and Christina Strohmeyer. The feeling when they responded to my encouragement and prodding (most of the time), gave me a sense of being useful and great satisfaction when they crossed the finish line.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
A dream race may not live up to expectations. I look forward to any race/run in new locations. Bonus points for out of state runs.
What is your favorite trail to run?
The Upper Jacks Valley Trail outside of Carson City, NV is my favorite trail. Your trek starts among desert scrub brush and climbs through the pines of Tahoe National Forest. This trail brings back memories of running before continuing on to Carson City to spend time with my mother.
What’s your favorite race distance?
My favorite distance is the half marathon. I can run hard and the pain is over sooner. I also enjoy training for long distance ultra races.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
It was while running a muddy Fourmidable course. John Rodriguez and I were exchanging greetings as we passed going in opposite directions through a supersized mud puddle. After hearing John’s greeting, I heard a few colorful words, followed by “I lost my shoe!” It was funny to me, not so much to John.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
Nancy and I enjoy camping and pulling our travel trailer to new destinations. Our goal is to make the trip to Maine where my father grew up.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
My wife, Nancy is my #1 hero (note: Nancy is typing this up for me). For almost 50 years, she has endured my shenanigans and always encouraged my running. Also, I am inspired by anyone that is out there on roads or dirt, making the attempt to achieve their goals; struggling through training…they give me motivation.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
Running trails gave me a new outlook on running. The struggle to climb that mountain, wade through water crossings, slip in the mud and snow to finish a run gives me a sense of accomplishment. Sharing the struggle with the crew you’re running with, is priceless. Even though I run well on roads, I never felt like a runner before running trails.
What are your goals?
This past May, I set a personal record of 267.7 miles for the month, and 81.7 miles for a week. My immediate goal is to log large training miles. Then, when races begin again, I will be ready.
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
My latest go to beer is Modelo. It reminds me of the taste of beer from back in the day.