Face of the Race

Last year our Face of the Race represented a growing trend of people joining the “Couch to 5K” running program. This is where newbie runners decide to transition from chilling idly on the couch to racing toward the finish line. There are a variety of motivations behind this type of transition including health, happiness, hobbies, friends, or to satiate a competitive drive.

This year we have selected Brian, who has competed at Race on the Base for three years, placing 2nd in the 5k and winning our Reverse Triathlon the past two years. Brian’s running experience includes everything from 5Ks to ultramarathons. We are excited for the diversity of perspective his experience will bring to our blog this year. Be on the look-out for regular updates from him that dive into his experiences more, provide tips from the experience of an exercise physiologist (which, of course, he is too!), and the scoop on his journey to ROTB 2014.

The passion that Brian has for running and challenging his body is very evident in the entry notes he sent to us. Read below to find out more about him and be sure to check back regularly for more!

“Thank you so much for considering me to be a part of ROTB’s Face of the Race. I am honored and at the same time hoping that I am able to encourage, motivate, or inspire someone in their journey. And it’s interesting to me that you said journey within your email (referring to our email exchange regarding why he wants to be the Face of the Race and asking for details on his journey leading up to Race Day) because I have always expressed my excitement to training as a journey. I talk about the journey because that’s what it’s all about, and the race is the celebration to the journeys end.

So a little background about me… I am a passionate endurance athlete and I come from a running background. I have been racing since the little Olympics in elementary school. Ever since then I have trained myself to compete and although I love the competition I realize that it is not all about competing to win and beat others, but its more about taking in all those emotions experienced throughout, and the rollercoaster days of either suffering during a workout or being blown away by the beautiful environment of a long run.  The competition is just the end result of an amazing journey and everyone has a different story to tell. I have found that out myself through training for many different events.

I am blessed to have had a journey that has led me through short, fast races and also into extreme distances of ultramarathons. Within a year and a half I trained myself into the biggest challenge my body will possibly ever experience: western states 100 mile run. It was within that race that I found the true meaning and the importance of training. It was after that race where I didn’t know where to go in my journey as an endurance athlete. So I got onto a bike and changed it up. A month later at work a challenge was set out on the table. I was challenged to compete at ROTB in the reverse triathlon by my boss. I didn’t hesitate. I started training right after that moment around this same time two years ago. It was ROTB that has now encouraged me into different avenues of training and competing. Since then I have done cycling races, duathlons, and other triathlons. My goal now is to compete at Kona some day!  I thank the Race on the Base for being my first triathlon experience because it opened a door for my future training.”

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For your reference for any of you fine folks that, like me, were wondering “hmm, sounds great but what’s that” when you first read some of his entry:

An ultramarathon is defined as: “any sporting event involving running and walking longer than the traditional marathon” (ya know, for when 26.2 just isn’t enough!) “There are two different types of ultramarathon events: 1) cover a specified distance or 2) take place during a specified time. The most common distances are 50k and 100k.

For more information on ultramarathons, visit: http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com/

Check out http://www.wser.org/ for info on the Western States 100 mile run.

Finally, the “Kona” Brian refers to is the Ironman World Championship which takes place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This beast of an event includes a 2.4 mile ocean swim, followed by 112 mile bike ride, and finished with a breezy 26.2 mile run (yes, that’s finishing with a marathon). Just reading about this event makes me feel intimidated, but visit www.ironman.com to read more about this and other ironman competitions.

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