Short Term Goals
Long Term Goals
Continue running, 36 years now. Continue racing, 1180 races completed to date (75 marathons, 166 ultras, 10 Tri's). I would like to continue running the Strolling Jim 40 mile run each year for as long as I can, 27 straight and counting. I have completed 4 100 mile runs in the last 4 years. Rocky Raccoon, Old Dominion, Vermont and Pinhoti 100 mile trail runs. Western States will be 5 years in a row. I would like to continue to complete a different 100 miler each year. I plan to also have a goal of completing at least one Ironman in each calendar year. Marathons are a given. I have run 7 straight Boston Marathons and run as many as 6 marathon a year. I will continue to run marathons and trails races. I have race directed Mountain Mist Trail Run for 20 years and plan to continue for now.
I started running in 1978 with my Dad. Growing up in small town Gadsden, I had no opportunity to run XC or track. By 1981 I ran my first marathon in 2:56:35 at age 16, a state record that still stands. At age 21 I ran my first 100 miler. With all that life has to offer, family, raising kids and all of its peaks and valleys, running has always been a focal point for me. Along with my wife Suzanne, Running has been so important to me that we opened Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville 10 years ago. I have made my life revolve around running completely.
After suffering a stroke (SAH) in the summer of 2012, I decided to participate in my first Tri season in 2013. It began in June at Mach Tenn Sprint Tri and ended in Oct with Great Floridian Full distance 140.6 miles despite not having ever swam until Feb 2013. My highlight Tri was at Augusta Ironman 70.3, the largest 70.3 in the world (3500 competitors). With a time of 4:28, it was good enough for 4th in the men's age division 45-49, 50th overall and was a top 10 percent performance in the world age group rankings in 2013.