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Michael Nall - Runner of the Week February 16, 2020

Name: Michael Nall

# of Years Running: 14

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon

Last race: Game Day 5K, February 2, 2020

Training For: One City Marathon. March 1, 2020.

Current Shoes: Brooks Ghost 12 for road running and Salomon Sense Pro Max for trail running.

Trails, Roads, or Track: I am predominantly a road runner, however, I recently have run a couple of trail races and I really enjoy them. I have never done any track work. Don't know why, just haven't.

Group runs or solo: I run solo the majority of the time. It is more convenient to just start running from my front door than to coordinate running with someone. Because of my work schedule, most of my runs start at 5:00 a.m... This works great for me especially when Summer comes. My body does better in the early morning runs. I do however go on group runs on occasions. I do like running with my running friends.

Longest run: Full Marathon (20 and counting)! I am planning on running my first ultra in December with a 50K.

Why I run: I run because it gives me enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment. I feel so much better when I run. I have to get my fix 6 days a week. I take Mondays off as a rest day. When I register for races and it asks for a personalized name, I always put RUN JUNKIE. That pretty much summarizes why I run, I'm a run junkie!

Favorite thing about running? Getting outdoors, smelling the fresh air, seeing beautiful sunrises and sunsets, running in the rain and snow and being able to have some me time!

Best race experience: Running my very first race. Shamrock Half Marathon. March 16, 2008.

Worst race experience: Can't say I have ever had a bad race experience. I have raced in some really terrible weather conditions. Wind, rain, sleet and snow. 2017 Shamrock was the WORST!

Advice for new runners: Running can be a rewarding and healthy experience if done properly. You will certainly face challenges and roadblocks along the way, but if you stick to it, you will find that running can bring you enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment. Go to a running specialty store and get fitted for a pair of running shoes that are designed for your foot type. Sign up for a race 6 months to a year out. This will motivate you to be committed to your training.

Fun Fact: I look for money while I run. I have been doing this for 8 years now and have found a total of $222.60 so far!

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