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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