Hi Running Buddies!
It's hard to believe that it is time for our next installment of the RunGingerRun Buddy of the Month! This month we have my fellow Ginger, Ty Godwin from Colorado. Ty and I "met" on Twitter during #RunChat a while ago and have been following each other's blogs ever since. Ty recently had a racing accident and now that he is getting back on his feet so to speak, I thought it would be a good time to share his story with all of you. Hopefully one of these days, we'll end up at the same race and be able to say hi in real life!
1. Tell us a little about yourself!
I am that rare breed they call the "male blogger." I started SeekingBostonMarathon.com
as you might guess by the name as a runner looking to run in the most elite race in the world, the Boston Marathon. I figured no better way than to hold myself accountable to the entire internet to pursue my dream. I have a busy life as a runner, husband, dad to three kids, and a traveling job which has provided some fantastic material for my blog running in some really cool places around the world. Growing up I wrote and was an artist so you'll find a lot of that come out in my sometimes sarcastic and (hopefully) comedic writing style. I illustrate many of my posts. One of my favorites was "A Run With Runs is No Fun." http://www.seekingbostonmarathon.com/2014/03/a-run-with-runs-is-no-fun.html
2. In 140 characters or less, tell us how you got into running.
I started running late in life never having run in high school or any level. Like a lot of people, I kind of tripped into it as I was going through some life changes and wanted to get in shape. Since starting my blog in 2009, I have qualified and run Boston four times. I will be running my fifth this coming April.
3. It looks like you travel a lot for work. How do you manage to train
while on the road?
I find that most runners and certainly the faster ones all have one thing in common and that's discipline. Travel adds a whole other layer of complexity especially if I'm in the middle of a training plan for a race. I ALWAYS pack my run gear and plan my schedule around the work day. The down side is quite often the alarm clock goes off extra early if you have a breakfast meeting at eight and an hour and a half scheduled run that day. Dinner that night? Then you're getting up early. The upside is I've been able to run in Paris, London, and Barcelona to name a few. One of my favorite training runs was San Francisco to Tiburon. A bucket list run for everyone! The furthest away my Garmin registered miles? Taj Majal in India.
4. Besides running, working, and blogging, what keeps you busy?
Did I mention I travel, and have a family? Add in running, and blogging and there's not much time left. I love spectator sports, movies, dining, and traveling with my wife.
5. You had a pretty bad accident this summer during a Tri. Can you give us a short overview and recovery update?
Sore subject (pun intended.) On the bike leg of a sprint triathlon in July, I took the wrong angle on a downhill corner and hit a traffic cone. I thought I had the whole road and only had half. It was a one bike accident and I was determined to get back on my bike and finish the race. I rode another two miles to the transition area and knew I couldn't complete the rest of the bike course. I broke four ribs, collapsed a lung, separated my shoulder, and tore my labrum. I thought I'd spend two days in the hospital and it turned into eleven with one life-threatening night. This was four months ago and I have only begun modest training in the last few weeks. By far, this is the biggest challenge I've had to overcome, but I'm determined to build up my conditioning to start training for Boston in December.http://www.seekingbostonmarathon.com/2014/07/crash-course.html
6. What does 2015 look like for you?
Considering my injury, I haven't set my race goals or calendar yet for 2015. My sole focus at the moment is Boston in April. I usually set goals in December or early January.I plan to resume triathlons in the summer as cross-training.
7. What is your favorite destination race you've traveled to?
Wow. Good question and too many to mention. Boston (consistent theme) is right up there, but Chicago might be the other one that ranks right up there. I'd like to eventually race in all the "majors."
8. What PR are you most proud of? Brag a little!
I love speed and evolving into a better short distance runner than the full marathon. I set my 5K PR in 2014 with a 19:21 at the Lucky Laces in Denver. My half marathon PR (my favorite distance) is a 1:29:18 at the Slacker Half Marathon in 2013. I want to break 1:29 if I get back to where I was as a runner in July 2015.
9. How can we connect with you on social media?
Running Buddies! Be sure to leave a comment and tell Ty GOODLUCK on his recovery and his next Boston Marathon!