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I began running in 2010 at age 38. Like many, the motivation came from the desire to lose some weight. After several weeks of running aimlessly in the neighborhood, I decided to set some goals; but why start small? With some biking and martial arts background I knew that big goals were important, so signing up for the 2010 Baltimore Marathon seemed logical. With six months of training, the 2010 marathon (my first race) was tough but I finished – and best of all I was hooked. Next I signed up for the 2011 HAT 50K. What better motivation than an even bigger distance? This has been my formula ever since; sign up for some “important” events and fit in some spontaneous races along the way. The spontaneous/unplanned race is always invigorating!

One of my major inspirations to “get active” was Thomas AKA “Mr. Inspiration”, who I worked with at my 9-5 job a decade ago. Back in 2010 I started paying attention to Facebook and somehow connected with Thomas as a “friend” – and quickly noticed that he was running 5, 6, 7 miles almost every day with a link to his “dailymile” workout. I thought this mileage was a bit excessive; not normal; maybe unhealthy, and simply did not fit the guy I had worked with. The intrigue prompted me to sign up for dailymile and it has been a great source of support and inspiration ever since. I am now a running fanatic who writes reviews for Believe In The Run – and I relish every bitr of it.

Of course, it’s not all roses. Four to seven days of running each week – with lots of pre-dawn and weekend hours – is not a simple endeavor. Being a busy dad, my running adventures and overall motivation would probably fall apart without tons of support from my better half. So cheers, Andrea!

I attribute my health, low injury rate and fast recovery to a vegan diet and post-run beers. Between 2010 and early 2013 I have run seven marathons, two 50-Ks, one 50-miler, a 199-mile 6-person relay finishing in Key West, and numerous shorter road and trail races. In the mix I have scored two age-group wins (5k and 10k) and a couple top-ten and top-twenty finishes. I’m a member of Team Wicked Bonkproof, Team Faster Bastards and The Baltimore Road Runners Club.

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