TK is a runner for whom I have a lot of admiration. He posts recaps of his race experiences and his personal running ups and downs on social media, and I love that he provides us with that window. He is insightful and intuitive about many a running thing, both the physical and mental aspects. Anyone who trains in the pace group that he mentors should consider themselves to be lucky and should soak up as much knowledge from him as possible! This season, TK is a mentor for the Fleet Feet PR Squad program.
I’m really excited to pass on to you this week’s mentor profile, TK. Click below to keep reading.
Before I get into his profile, I have a couple of things to add. A few years ago, I started to listen to this awesome running podcast, The BibRave Podcast. The more I listened, I realized it wasn’t just a podcast, but this super interesting running community with which I wanted to be more involved. I applied to be a BibRave Pro (an ambassador for the community), and I found out that TK had already been a BR Pro for some time. I now regularly read his blog posts (race and product reviews).
Click here for his blog, TMilesAndRunning. Not only will you learn things, but (as many of you know), TK always manages to have discount codes at the ready for super cool things.
Besides the Fleet Feet marathon training programs and BibRave, TK and I have a third thing in common, as both of us are members of the Fleet Feet Race Team.
And now finally, his profile:
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
What’s your day job?
For how long have you been a runner?
About 6 years
Why did you start?
Personal challenge to myself, simply wanted to prove to myself I could do it. I only was a sprinter up until that point.
When did you start mentoring and why?
Spring 2017. I always enjoyed inspiring others, and watching them celebrate their achievements. No better feeling than knowing you may have played a small part in them reaching their goals.
What is your favorite race distance?
What is your favorite race?
That is a tough one. I have favorites for different distances. Marathon-Chicago Marathon, Half Marathon-Richmond, Other-Tar Heel 10 Miler
What is your favorite training run (speedwork, tempo, hills, Totem Pole, long, easy, etc.)?
Speedwork on a Track & intervals
What is your running shoe of choice?
What is your favorite running accessory–you don’t leave home without it?
Garmin and Music (although not when I am mentoring 😉 )
What is your favorite running weather?
Between 30-40 degrees with an overcast
What is your favorite local place to run?
Neuse River Greenway
Favorite running experience/memory?
It’s a toss-up between finishing my first marathon (Marine Corps) and cracking the 4 hour mark in marathon
The last race you ran?
Run Oak Island Half Marathon
What was your worst race?
Richmond Marathon 2018; got food poisoning the night before and still tried to run it. I only made it 14 miles before having to have a nice trip in an ambulance to the ER.
If you could run any race, which would it be?
What is your most frustrating running injury?
Anything lower leg is troublesome
How many days a week do you run?
During training season 4-5 days, off season 3-4 days
How many miles a week do you run?
Off season 15-20 miles, in-season 30-50 miles
What is your biggest running accomplishment?
Having a 45 minute PR between my first and second marathons or my sub-4 hour marathon time
What do you like most about mentoring?
Getting to know the runners and learning their stories (why did they start, what’s their goal). I also like to provide advice and inspiring facts when I can.
What is one thing you are still working on improving upon in running?
Getting faster while still controlling my pace
What are your favorite non-running hobbies?
Hanging out with my family, and spending time with TKII