What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I started running because I wanted to try a Spartan OCR race, in the process I found I do not really care for most of Spartan’s obstacles but really enjoyed running. It is amazing how life works out sometimes, you start down one path and by the end you are someplace completely unexpected, but at the same time right where you are supposed to be.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I listen to a wide range of music but to pick up the pace it is Mudvanyne, something like Dig, Not Falling, or maybe Happy?
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
WhileI have a bunch of race medals hung on the wall, but none of them mean much to me. What I cherish most are the memories I have made along the way, like cheering on finishers with DB at the end of Formidable, or unexpectedly getting paced by friend at CIM after bumping into him in a huge sea of strangers (I often wonder how that day would have gone without his support, camaraderie and encouragement). You can plan and achieve so much in running like medals, PR(s), or buckles but in my opinion, it is all the stuff that happens along the way that means the most.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
While there are a lot of races I “want” to run, what I dream about is a solo run across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand. Not as a race, or an FKT attempt, but just for the experience.
What is your favorite trail to run?
Whatever trail I am going to run next. One of my favorite things about trail running is exploring a new area, discovering what is around the next bend, or over the next ridge. But some favorites that come to mind are: Sunol Regional Wilderness’s Eagle View Trail or Mount Diablo State Park’s Mount Olympia Trail.
What’s your favorite race distance?
I do not focus on it in training, but my favorite race distance is the road mile (with the 5K a close second). When you sign up for a road mile, you know what you are going to get. An all-out effort from start to finish, no holding back, no pacing yourself, no planning, no strategy, just pushing yourself to an incredibly uncomfortable place. Most of my goals now are based around endurance but my favorites have not changed.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
Probably comparing trail war stories with a friend over drinks. I had a story about making my way to Rose Peak from Sunol which included an overly aggressive cow. My friend had a story about hiking near Shasta that included a mother bear with her cubs. Let us just say by the end of the night I was the butt of the joke.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
I enjoy pushing my limits, trying new things, while exploring world. Some of my favorites thing to do are Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Skydiving, Urban Exploration, Spelunking (even thou it has been awhile), Snow Shoeing, and I have recently tried Bungee Jumping splashing waste deep into the American River which was a complete blast! I have also been known to do a little geocaching, but often do not admit that one. What next you ask? Well, I would love to try Orienteering, Bike packing, and I am in the process of planning a Base-Jumping trip for my birthday.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
Jon Olsen comes to mind; he is one of the first friends I made in running and while he is an amazing athlete, he is even better man. He has always been willing to teach, motivate, and push me (when I needed it). He has showed me that the limits I perceived for my running (and life), where limits I put on myself.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
Still waiting for it to happen with my fingers crossed.
What are your goals?
Mylong-term goal is to complete California Untamed in 2021. What could be better than starting at the ocean in Arcata (my hometown) and completing the journey on Mt. Shasta in beautiful Northern California? For more information: https://californiauntamed.com/
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
I am sucker for whatever the house cocktail is. Hey if they make it the house cocktail, it must be good right?