Name: David H.
Location: Bedford, Va.
Years Running: In my 8th year; also ran track in high school in the mid-1990s
Marathon: 4:12:51, 2007 Richmond (Va.) Marathon
Half Marathon: 1:42:52, 2010 Shamrock Half Marathon, Virginia Beach, Va.
10 Mile: 1:22:49, 2006, Virginia 10 Miler, Lynchburg, Va.
10K: 48:08, 2011 Monument Avenue 10k, Richmond, Va.
5K: 22:10, 2011, Stars and Stripes 5K, Howland, Ohio
Favorite Race Distance: I love the half marathon for many reasons. It’s such a great distance to train for with mileage not getting too crazy. Plus I fell in love in the Shamrock Half Marathon in 2007 in Virginia Beach. It’s such a great, flat course, but I also like training in the winter months. I missed it this year due to ITB injury recovery, but vow to be back next year. I’d really like to break the 1:40 barrier before age catches up to me.
How Many Marathons Have You Completed: I’ve done the Richmond Marathon twice. Both times have ended in injury. The first time I developed plantar faciitis after the race and dealt with that on and off for about a year and a half. Then last year I had an ITB injury at the end of my training. I spontaneously signed up for the Baltimore Marathon this year — either the third time will be the charm or it will be three strikes and I’m out.
Race You Are Currently Training For: As I mentioned, I’ll be doing the Baltimore Marathon later this year. Otherwise I am focusing on training to get stronger, smarter and faster. I’ll be doing some community races this year. I want to push myself to do races that I think will be difficult to PR, just to push myself. I think it’s important to do races like that in order to get out of the “always PR” mentality.
Race Advice/Tip: Give it 100 percent and leave it all out on thecourse. Don’t leave a race with regrets.
Favorite Pre-Race Food: In recent years, I have discovered that eating pizza about two days before gives me great energy come race day.
Favorite Post-Race Food: I’d rather drink a good beer than eat right after a race. It’s one reason I love the Shamrock event so much — “free” Yuengling. I usually enjoy a huge cheeseburger a few hours later.
How did you get into running: I initially started running in 2004 to lose weight for my wedding; then I signed up for a race to keep going. Now I’m 50-plus races into running and have no intention of stopping.
How do you find/make time to train: I tend to run in the evenings after my son goes to bed, but I really want to become an all-out morning runner again before he wakes up. As he gets older, his bed time will just get later and later. People look at me like I’m crazy when I say this, but finding the time to run or workout isn’t hard. It’s just part of who I am and my daily lifestyle. Having my wife as my biggest supporter helps.
You are one of the co-moderaters for #runchat on twitter. How/when was #runchat started: The idea for #runchat came about a year ago whenScott (iRunnerblog.com, @iRunnerBlog on Twitter) and I took part in #fitblog, an awesome all around fitness-related chat. We had left comments on each others blogs, but taking part in #fitblog spurred similar thoughts between the two of us about a running-related chat. We launched it in June on a Thursday night. The response was awesome, but with other chats going on at the same time and various conflicts in our schedules that night wasn’t working. After a few growing pains, we halted #runchat for a little while in the summer and then relaunched it to its current time and day at 8 p.m. ET Sundays. We now have about 200-300 runners of all levels taking part in each chat.
Do you like running alone or with friends: I’m usually alone, but had a good friend that I ran with once a week for most of last year until he had to have back surgery. When it comes to running with other people, I like races to run with people faster than me. It always gives me an extra push.
Favorite Race and Why: The Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach is just great. I’ve discussed some of it already, but it’s also a very well-produced race. The expo is one of the best I’ve been to, the
start area is well organized, the support along the course is great, there’s plenty of water, the views are beautiful as the sun comes up over the ocean, and the finishing area is very well organized.
Favorite Quote: I’ve had people disagree with me on posting this quote, but it really stuck with me last year and I find it to be so true: “If you want to be a better runner, you’ve got to run more. It’sas simple as that.” — Tom Fleming, running coach
Favorite Book: Matt Fitzgerald’s “Run: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel” is awesome. It’s reaffirmed the way I trained most of the past year or so.
Fun fact about yourself: I’ve been to 21 Dave Matthews concerts – 19 full band and two Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds concerts.
Running/Racing Accomplishment you are most proud of: Finishing the Shamrock Half Marathon in 2009, just shy of 5 months after my son was born. There was something about finishing that race as a new
father that was very, very special to me and was so much more important than any of my PRs.