Alex Nordin - DWRunning

DWRunning Tenure:

Joined in January 2014

PRs:

5k: 17:52, 8k: 29:13, 10k: 36:50, 10M: 1:02:21, Half Marathon: 1:22:55, Marathon: 3:03:03 

Primary Focus:

Marathon

Proudest Race:

I am most proud of my PR at the Chicago Marathon in 2014. In the spring of 2014, I had trained to BQ (3:05) at the Champaign Marathon. The weather had other plans and I ended up finishing 20 minutes slower than my goal time. During the summer and into the fall, I trained for the same BQ time and at Chicago, I finished in 3:04. What made that race even more special was that I started to slow down 18 miles into the race, but was able to regain lost time by finishing the last three miles at sub 7 minute mile pace; the last mile at 6:30.

Favorite Workout:

I love doing treadmill hill workouts. By increasing the treadmill's incline anywhere from 3-7%, you can really simulate the grind of running up a hill. This makes me a stronger runner and helps to increase my endurance.

Running Start:

I started to competitively run after college. During college, I ran a couple of 5k's, and, after the second, vowed to never run that far again in my life. So much for that.

"I can't run without...":

A bandana! I sweat a lot when I run, and wearing one seems to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The struggle is real.

Required Read:

Unbroken. Not only does it describe the running life of an Olympic athlete, but it also details his involvement in World War II. This book also describes how he is able to overcome the hardships of the war and to continue fighting. Although running does not come even close to coming to war (obviously), it teaches that, with perseverance, anything can be done. That message can be easily transferred to running.

 

Mountains or Ocean?:

Mountains

Tea or Coffee?:

Tea

Early Bird or Night Owl?:

Early bird

Chocolate or Vanilla?:

Chocolate

 

Bolded PRs are PRs run while training with DWRunning.