What is the hardest race you have ever run, and why OR what has been your toughest challenge in running, and why?
That would have to be Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 106 mile race, both my most beautiful and toughest race to date. Sustained ascents and descents caused multiple severe blisters leading to 39 hours of sleep-deprived running to the finish.
What has been your most interesting race experience (give details)?
Fuego Y Agua 100K in Nicaragua. I literally ran through the crater of a dormant volcano and to the edge of an active volcano. I went through multiple climate zones as I climbed these volcanoes.
What is your worst training habit
What is training? Just kidding, I have the tendency to sign up for races to use them as long training runs, but once I get to the starting line, I am often tempted to run harder than I would have in a real training run. Then again, I sign up for races because they are fun, so I’ll probably continue this bad habit.
What is your favorite quote, and why
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson.
I grew up in Germany before moving to the US in 1994. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration before receiving an M.S. in Management from Faulkner University. While I have always participated in competitive sports including soccer from an early age, I didn't start running until about 15 years ago. About 7 years ago in participated in my first road race (CRR) and first marathon (RCM). My fantastic wife Anya and teenage son Mace enjoy running almost as much as I do.