Randy is our nutrition, hydration, accessory, and electronics guru. More officially, he’s our accessory buyer here at the ‘House. As of late, he’s been training and getting more into the sport we all love. This weekend he’s toeing the line of his first half marathon.
We checked in with Randy today and here are his pre-race thoughts:
What race are you training for?
A: The City to the Sea Half Marathon. It’s our own hometown race and sponsored by Running Warehouse.
What are your goals going into the race?
A: My main goals for this race are to give my best effort, finish without getting injured and to just enjoy the race! I also have an unofficial time goal of 1 hour 45 minutes, but if I’m not feeling good on race day I won’t be super bummed if I have to run slower.
What has your training regimen looked like?
A: For the last 2 months I’ve been running 4 days per week. My midweek runs have been ranging from 4-6 miles, mostly at my endurance heart rate zone. After the first month of training I added a few days of intervals to try and build up some speed. My long run on the weekend is at my endurance heart rate, and I’ve been adding a mile every week, topping out at 11 miles this past weekend.
We know you have a cycling background, what made you decide to start running?
A: Well, I ran for years before I picked up riding my bike. I always ran to stay fit and because I liked being outside. I’ve had a lingering quad strain that has been keeping me off my bike, but it doesn’t hurt while running. So, with the encouragement of some good friends, I started running more and decided to actually train for a race.
Any idea on what gear you’ll be sporting or what products you might use?
A: I plan on rocking my current favorite road shoes, the Saucony Guide 6, the Nike Road Machine sunglasses, an RW Brooks running hat, and my Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Glove with a soft flask for water. I’ll for sure take a Double Espresso Clif Shot Gel before the race and probably a Vanilla or Mocha gel around 45 minutes in.
OK, enough product plugs – now go out and have a great race, Randy!