Q: How many Indy Minis have you run?
A: To date, I have completed four half marathons (two Indy Minis). However, I have also completed a 16-mile trail run and a full marathon.
Q: Who or what inspires you to run?
A: I have a lot of inspiration! In no particular order:
My doctor, who threatened to medicate me because of my high blood pressure.
My wife, who continuously compliments me on the muscles in my legs.
My kids, who look up to me and see what hard work can do.
My friends, who cannot believe that I have lost 65 pounds and look forward to my daily run!
New runners, who look at me and call me their inspiration.
Q: What is your favorite Mini memory or experience?
A: Crossing the finish line at my first mini-marathon (Indy Mini 2015) and knowing that only a few years prior, I was a lazy, overweight couch potato. But now, here I am completing 13.1 miles and was overjoyed at it!
Q: What advice would you give to someone running the Mini for their first time?
A: Focus on YOU! Yes there are tons of runners out there, and yes, many of them run faster than you, but who cares? The only person you need to focus on being better than is you. If you finish a workout or a race and you can honestly tell yourself that you gave it your all, then you won! If you did not give it your all, then take the opportunity to see where you did not perform well and work on that on your next run. Your best, and worst, competition is the person that you were, yesterday.