What got you out running/walking for the first time?
My buddy and I were drunk, playing poker and BSing over his professional triathlete wife’s accolades from racing and decided it was a great idea to sign up for Ironman Canada. Why should she have all the fun, right? Well, we were in for a rude awakening as we were both 40lbs overweight with absolutely no fitness base whatsoever. It was a long, hard year. I ran my first marathon in Ironman 2011 with a goal of running the marathon in 4 hours or less, but didn’t get it. 4hrs 8sec. stupid 8 seconds!!!!
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What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
I never wear earbuds! There is so much cool stuff to listen to on trail that I just focus on that and get lost in the moment. However, I do start singing “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne in the late stages of 100 milers!! It just makes me laugh and brightens my mood.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
It’s a toss-up between Fat Dog 120 and Pigtails 200!!! Fat Dog was my first 100 mile race and it had a very profound effect on how I view life. It’s a wonderful feeling being on a mountain top and feeling so small and insignificant yet never more alive at the same time!!!! Pigtails was my first 200 and it was special because I’ve never had to dig as deep into myself to get it done. Having IT band issues early on (100 mile) put me in extreme pain, making me have to change and adapt how I would finish the race. I’m glad the alphabet has 26 letters because plan a, b, c, etc. quickly got thrown out the window.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
I’d have to say Hardrock 100 is top of the list. I enjoy challenge and beauty. Hardrock seems to embody both of those elements.
What is your favorite trail to run?
Damn tough question!!! Anywhere there is sweet single track and cold beers suits me fine. There are too many beautiful trails in the world for me to limit it to just one! Sorry.
What’s your favorite race distance?
100 mile!!! Hands down. It’s super tough, but allows you the time to bounce back if your races goes for a crapper!! Oh yeah, I get to drink beer while I do it.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
No offense intended, but listening to Mormons gasp when I cracked my first beer at an aid station during Zion 100!!!! The looks I got had me giggling throughout the whole race.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running?
Getting out on adventures with my wife!!!
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
I don’t really have one, but I have respect for anybody who can get their butt off the couch and run. Whether it be 5km or 200 miles. You gotta start somewhere. Mind you, I do rank trail runners higher than roadies!!! LOL
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”?
I was 8km out from the finish at my first 100 (Fat Dog 120) and my pacer asked me if I had the legs to open it up and I said, “Yup.” I then dropped her and ran as hard as I could to the finish. It was an awesome feeling, guppy-breathing and running like my hair was on fire. Ended up having the fastest split from the last aid station to the finish. I knew then that even if you think you’re done you’ve probably got more in the tank.
What are your goals?
I want to be able to have longevity and fun. I want to be that old guy on course who can still get 100 milers done!!!
What’s your favorite beer?
Like trails, I can’t limit it to one, but if I’m racing I like Tecate for fueling and when I’m done a nice, well-balanced IPA.
Anything else to add?
Thank you so much for honoring me!! It’s a new experience for me. I look forward to meeting some of you in the near future. I’m hoping there will be a few DBs at Javelina Jundred. We can throw down on the trail and then we can throw down some beers. I wish the whole DB crew happy trails and remember to get lost in the moment.