Less than two years ago — at a family Christmas gathering — I was approached by my cousin’s husband Paul.

“I want to run a half marathon,” he said.

It was music to my ears. I responded with the usual questions … How much are you running now? Have you trained for races in the past?

He wasn’t. He hadn’t.

But I could tell he was serious about chasing this goal.

Since that conversation, Paul hit the half marathon goal, ran a sub-four hour marathon, and is now just days away from attempting his first ultramarathon — the Table Rock 50K.

In less than two years Paul went from barely being able to run a mile to training for an ultramarathon.

Here’s a shot I snagged of him while out exploring the Table Rock course a few weeks ago:


Today’s episode of Trail Talk is different.

Instead of my standard quick tip, I’ve asked Paul to share his transformation to becoming a runner, and the lessons, struggles, and achievements that came along the way.

Here’s what we talk about in today’s episode:

  • Why health and longevity is an important motivator
  • Becoming a runner … when you never liked running
  • Paul’s accountability struggle
  • Training for your first ultramarathon (and learning to love trails)
  • Perfecting your mid-run fueling strategy

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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One thought on “Paul Gwynn Garrity on Becoming a Runner and Training for His First 50K Ultramarathon

  1. Great interview! Very relatable and encouraging. Would love to hear or read a race report from Paul now that Table Rock is done.

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