I have a few LexRunDudes profiles to go up, and I thought I’d start with my sweetheart. Nathan is the best First Dude. He’s always there. He’s always happy. I’m glad he’s mine.
So just in case you don’t know him, say hi to my Nathan!
Why did you start running? How long have you been running?
I ran cross country in high school and have always played baseball or softball, and I used to play a lot of basketball. As is often the case, everything but the occasional softball tournament got pushed to the backburner as I graduated, started working a ‘real job’, got married, etc. Once we moved back to Lexington, Krissie mentioned we should probably start using the gym at the office and so we did. At first it was just to combat the cocktail of having a lousy family medical history, working a desk job, and the fact that none of us are getting younger. Running became a good way to just get outside, and no matter how we feel during the run itself we can all agree the ‘having run’ bit is pretty swell. But then I read ‘Born to Run’ and it got me thinking about it in a whole new hippy-dippy way.
Are you training for a race or an event?
We’ve got a couple of halves and 3 full marathons on the schedule between now and next May. Krissie tweaks Hal Higdon to work into our schedule, and so far it seems to be working for us. Getting runs in this summer was unpleasant but at least that’s about over.
What is your favorite race?
Maybe it’s because it was our first full marathon, but the atmosphere at the Flying Pig was incredible. I do like the Turkey Trot in Russell and the Southern Lights Stroll at the Horse Park, though.
Where is your favorite place to run?
Legacy Trail (Coldstream to the Horse Park). Deer Haven/Walnut Grove. Midway.
What are your running fears?
Injury. So far I’ve been pretty fortunate that anything that came up went away after about a week of rest.
Do you measure your runs or do you just run for fun?
I go out with a set distance in mind. I usually have some race booked somewhere in the near future and I figure it’s in my best interests to follow the schedule.
Have you ever dealt with injury?
I had what we think was an IT Band issue a couple years ago. It reared its ugly head during the first Iron Horse and made the Frozen Sasquatch 25K even more miserable than it already was. I tried rolling it out as I went along, but I think cutting back on running for a week or two did the trick.
Do you do any cross-training?
Not really, unless the occasional softball game or walk counts.
Do you have a long-term running goal?
Only to get faster.
What gear is absolutely necessary for you?
A good pair of running shoes.
What gear is on your wish list?
A smaller Garmin, whenever the current one decides to quit.
Do you eat on the run?
I take Gu with me on anything over 7 or 8 miles. I’ll use Stinger Waffles on occasion.
What is your favorite running song?
‘New Rigged Ship’ by The Duhks.
What are your favorite running/health-related websites or apps?
I dump all my Garmin data into Daily Mile.
What is the strangest thing that happened on a run?
I’m usually good about giving myself time between meals and running, but a few weeks ago I had a bowl of Grape Nuts not long before I set out for a run at Deer Haven. There wasn’t an incident, but I’ve never been so close to crying on a run before. Also, I ran into the Horse Park from the Legacy Trail recently and saw a St. Bernard riding on the back of a golf cart.
Do you have a running pet-peeve?
Rain on my glasses.
What are you reading right now?
A short story collection titled ‘The Weird’, edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
What is your one guilty pleasure?
What is your favorite meal/restaurant/recipe?
Anything involving pork and root vegetables.