What got you out running/walking for the first time?
I grew up as a cyclist, primarily BMX and mountain biking. Three years ago (2013) my wife, Celise, signed me up to run the Modesto Half Marathon the following March. I didn’t want to look completely ridiculous out there running and possibly not finishing, so I went out New Years Day, 2014 and ran three miles. Surprisingly I felt good and I ran nearly every day at least three miles a day up until the Modesto Marathon that year. It was all thanks to Celise signing me up that gave me the motivation to get out there and run.
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I actually prefer a more mellow tone when listening to music while running. Right now I enjoy running to One Republic’s song “Counting Stars.”
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
By far the 2016 FOURmidable 50K medal. I actually didn’t set out to run the 50K that day. I was signed up for the 35.5K and somehow ended up running on the 50K route (partially my own fault). When I got to mile 22 and saw an aid station, and then proceeded to ask the lady at the aid station why there was an aid station so close to the finish, and then she proceeded to tell me I had 9 miles left to go, my heart nearly fell out of my chest. But despite having just completed 22 strenuous miles, I felt pretty good, and I knew the only way home was to get back to the finish line. So, at first begrudgingly I set out to tackle those 9 extra miles and finished my first 50K.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
I think right now, I do have my mind set on the American River 50 miler. I feel like after FOURmidable I should have signed up for AR50, because of the conditioning I had been going through since the beginning of the year. I am considering it for next year, but there is a lot going on in our lives right now, so it may be two or three years before I get the opportunity.
What is your favorite trail to run?
I’d have to say trails in the Pacifica area are my favorite. The weather and views make for ideal running conditions (except when it rains continually). There is a great mix of challenging hill climbs, rocky terrain, rolling hills, and great downhill switchbacks that make for some welcomed relief after a pretty challenging hill climb.
What’s your favorite race distance?
I am not sure I have discovered my favorite distance yet. Even though I have been running pretty steady for three years now, I still feel like a beginner in the world of running, and in the realm of trail running, there are so many different distance runs, I don’t think I have quite discovered what my niche is yet. Perhaps, at this point I would have to say my favorite distance lies between a 30-50K.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
In regards to trail running, I would say ending up on the 50K trail at FOURmidable is certainly one I can laugh at now, especially since I conquered that beast. However, the funniest moment for me was running in my own neighborhood. I typically run late in the evening around 8pm after the kids go to bed, which during the fall/winter months means it is dark. One night I had just started running, not even a mile in and I am crossing the street with a car sitting at the stop light waiting to turn left. I hate losing momentum, so I sped up to get across the street quickly before they would be able to turn. I apparently wasn’t paying much attention because my foot clipped the curb and down I went. Through years of experience with falling, I fell pretty gracefully and didn’t miss a beat. I got right back up and started running, so as to avoid the embarrassment of the person in the car who saw the whole thing with me tripping over the curb.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
I love being outside and I’m an avid sports fanatic, so as long as I am with my family outside that is what I enjoy doing. One thing I do enjoy that doesn’t necessarily involve the outdoors or sports is wine tasting with my wife, Celise. Even though I don’t drink wine regularly, I do enjoy the experience and we have been to some pretty fantastic wineries over the years.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
There are many… Apparently I am the only honorary male member of the Hoka Hookahz running group (subset of DB), which includes Celise, Kristin Baker, Sorina Angeles, and Hallie Fisher. Those four ladies have certainly provided me a lot of inspiration and laughs the last three years with their dedication to running and the enjoyment they have. The entire Dusty Bottoms crew is beyond inspirational; however, I have certainly enjoyed getting to know Rod Tilson, Daren Short, Shane Jones, John Rodriguez, and Robert Serpa. Each of those guys are inspirational in their own way and I certainly enjoy seeing the energy they bring when out on the trails.
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”?
By the end of 2015 I certainly felt like a runner. I had logged nearly 3000 miles since January of 2014 and there was a day in December of 2015, Celise and I were planning out our runs for 2016… I started to think to myself, “wow, I am a runner.” I also started to think to myself, “holy crap, I am nuts, because two years ago I would have never considered running the distances I currently run now.”
What are your goals?
As of right now it’s to run the AR50 miler. I don’t think it will be next year, but as long as I continue running regularly and challenge myself at the marathon, 30K, and 50K distances, I certainly foresee AR50 happening for me in 2018. A part of that goal is to stay upright, because recently at the Red Hills Ramble I took a major spill at about mile four and nearly fell three more times before cutting it short at mile nine. Ever since then, my training runs have been with the goal in mind of not dragging my feet.
What’s your favorite beer?
Dust Bowl’s “Hops of Wrath” all the way. I am a craft beer junky, and beyond that I love supporting local, so I certainly can’t go wrong with anything Dust Bowl makes.