Joined in June 2017
Motivation to Run:
Running has been a great outlet to calm my body and mind through the challenges of life
Motivation When Hurting During a Race or Workout:
The realization that these are the burn zones which separate the winners from the losers.
Most Memorable Run:
When I was in competitive shape, I would pick some races that I would designate for training and lead the race from the starting line, benefiting from the adrenaline and mental focus that flows with that. My plan would be to go as fast as I could until I got caught, then drop out. This would help me explore the limits, which are often greater than any of us could fathom. At the Lakefront 50K, it was a windy day and I led from the first mile running 6:30's thinking that I could stay away until halfway. By mid-way, I had close to a 5-minute lead. I thought it would be silly to drop out with such a lead, but was exhausted. I told my mind to just go 5 more miles and no more. As the chasers ran past going in the other direction, I picked up my step and tried to look peppy and confident (in contrast to how I felt, but it's all perception). At the 20-mile mark, my lead had dipped, but I will still minutes ahead and out of sight. I told myself just 5 more and then I really would drop out. I slowed to 7:30 - 8:00s at this point. I was not supposed to be running anymore. The 25-mile mark was the first time I really thought I was might win. At that point, my goal became to stay out of sight. I imagined the chasers were getting close, and I know how demoralizing it can be to chase someone you can't see. Thus, I tried to push the pace through the long straightaways, then relax a bit once the route allowed me to be less visible. I never looked back, and crossed the finish line 2-minutes ahead of the next runner. I was 46, he was 24.
Mountains or Ocean?:
Early Bird or Night Owl?:
Bolded PRs are PRs run while training with DWRunning.