Ok he’s not a professional runner like Ryan Hall, but he’s a professional runner in that he works and runs 🙂
Meet a fellow professional of mine who I am working with on a current project, Nick. Just after I had run the Smuttynose marathon I was on a conference call with Nick and a few others. We were all making small talk before everyone got there and Nick had said how he had just ran a marathon Sunday. I said very quickly, “WHAT MARATHON?!” Because I had just run one that Sunday too! He ran the Portland marathon and I ran the Smuttynose, so not the same, but every ironic! He was crazy though and played hockey the day after his marathon! I was enjoying my time doing absolutely nothing.
I was very excited to interview Nick because he not only works 60 hour weeks, but he is training for a 50k and is a dedicated daddy and husband. Here is what I learned about Nick!
When did you start running and how did you get into it?
I have always been somewhat into running. I used to run for fitness in training for sports, but I never timed my runs or set training plans. In 2009, I ran my first 5k, and had a blast. Then, in April 2010, I realized that I weighed more than I ever had, and really wanted to run a marathon before my 30th birthday. The Maine Marathon was scheduled for October 3rd (1 week before my 30th b-day), so I decided to go for it. I picked some shorter races to train towards through the summer, the first of which was a rail-trail half marathon in June. I targeted 2 hours for my goal time, and got to work. I ran that in 1:53. I then continued my training for the marathon, targeting 4 hours as a stretch goal. I ran the marathon in 3:59:40. Between April & October, I lost 53 pounds, and have kept it off since then. I am absolutely hooked on running. I have run 8 races in the past 12 months, and have yet to not acieve a PR. (of course 4 of those were my first for that distance, so the PR was in the bag J).
What is your favorite distance? What races do you have coming up?
I really like 13.1, especially since training doesn’t take as much time as it does for longer distances. But there is something about 26.2 (or longer) that really amps me up. My next big race is the Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival 50k on May 29th. Call me nuts, but I can’t wait. Between now & then, I have a 5k on Mother’s Day. I then have a 5k on Father’s Day, at least 3 other 5ks through the summer, a ½ marathon or two, of course the Maine Marathon in October, and (my favorite race) the Beach 2 Beacon 10k.
What tip can you give to beginner runners looking to get into distance running?
My biggest mistake was increasing my mileage too quickly. I developed ITBS in my right knee about 4 weeks before my first ½ marathon, and thought for sure I was done. I actually ran the ½ with ITBS, and for a week or so I had to walk down stairs without bending my right knee. I took a few weeks off & got rid of the ITBS, but didn’t learn from my mistake. I again built my mileage up too quickly in training for the marathon, and developed a minor stress fracture in my Tibia. After another extended rest period, I returned to running with only 8 weeks of training before the marathon. I thought I would never reach my goal of 4 hours, so I trained for 4:15 and didn’t go overboard. I am now up to a 50-60 MPW base with no injuries, and hope to stay that way.
What is the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome with running?
By far, dealing with injuries.
What is your job and how do you balance with all of your training?
I am a Project Manager for H. P. Cummings Construction. I am currently in preconstruction on a very large project, which requires me to be at work for 50-60 hours per week. At the same time, I am training for a 31 mile race, which has me running 40-60 miles per week. On top of that, I have a wife and 3 year old son. The only way I can get my mileage in, do my job, and be a husband and father, is to run while everyone else is sleeping. Monday is a rest day; Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday are recovery, interval, and tempo days of 5-10 miles each, which I run at 4:30 AM. Friday is my 2nd rest day, then Saturday & Sunday are back to back long runs of usually 16+ on Saturday and 20+ on Sunday, again both at 4:30AM. This gets me home from a 3.5 hour run about the same time my son wakes up.
How do you reward yourself after a race or after a running goal has been accomplished?
This is one thing a really don’t do as much as I should. The feeling of accomplishment I get when I set another PR is reward enough. I did buy a quart of Seafood Stew from the Red Barn on my way home the Friday before my last ½ marathon. I made a deal with myself: if I set a new PR, I got the stew. If not, I had to give it to my mother-in-law. I beat my old PR by 7 minutes. 🙂
What hobbies do you have besides running?
I play hockey, in a men’s league, at least twice per week. These games are usually late at night on Sundays & Mondays, so I don’t leave for those until after my son goes to bed. If they were earlier, I wouldn’t be able to choose playing hockey over spending time with my little guy. I also play guitar, hike, bike, & snowshoe. In my spare time, we are almost done making our 100 year old cape “just the way we want it.”
Thank you Nick for taking your time to spend answering my questions! I am glad to have a runner dad interviewed now! All my other interviews were runner moms!
For you readers…Do you find it a small world and meet runners when you are working?
YES! I love meeting people in my profession who run. Once they mention it, I usually won’t shut up about it!