What role does running play in your life?
Honestly, a larger role than it probably should! I've met some of my best friends through running. I looked at schools for next year based in large part to the running scene and scenery available nearby. Being able to get out the door for an hour or two helps keep me focused the rest of the time on whatever work needs to get done.
When did you start running and why?
I played soccer competitively from the time I was 5 all the way through high school. I quit my traveling team in middle school because of team politics though, and signed up for 8th grade cross country to get back into shape for high school soccer after a very fat year off. Little did I know that over the next few years my goals would shift completely; to where by my senior year I was mainly going to track practice over soccer practice and focusing much more on running. So it has been almost 10 years now!
|8th Grade Cross Country--I bet you can't recognize me!|
|Qualifying for state in high school. No shirts ever, who cares if it was October?|
If you could only run one last run, where and with whom would it be and why?
This is a loaded answer, but it would be a long trail for sure. Either the PCT or the AT; just so I could drag it out and relish in the act for as long as possible. If I took one person, choosing right now probably Mr. Rudy Rutemiller--we've spent so much time in the mountains together the past few years, he seems the best person with whom to share a send-off like that.
Which is better, trail running or road running? Why?
A year ago, I would have said trail running without hesitation. However, each have their merits. I love trail running to get off the regular grind and as a great method of exploration. Road running can be fun for how different it hurts. I still vote trails though!
Groups or solo? Pick a side (for both) and defend it, or rather, advocate for it!
That really depends on the goal. I've got a very specific answer though. I love solo runs after a group run. Those are the runs where we get to be alone with our thoughts, reflection really comes in and one can appreciate having the group, but still enjoy solitude.
Speaking of solitude, since I guess people actually read my blog, my favorite author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, died last night and everyone should immediately go read One Hundred Years of Solitude. You won't regret it.