Today I’m going over the barriers and through the mud with Allan Misner.
Allan has had quite the evolution in his running over the years.
From marathoner and ultra marathoner before it was “cool” to relative non-runner, Allan has found his way back to the sport as a way to connect and be social with his friends and family.
While his marathon and ultra days may be behind him, he definitely enjoys the OCR scene and will be making his Spartan debut in June.
Running as a Social Sport
Allan started running in high school as part of the track team, and in that setting the sport is all about the competition.
Needless to say, on the track you’re not chatting leisurely with the runners in the lane next to you.
When Allan ran his first marathon, he was expecting more of the same: competing and not talking to anyone.
During that first race, Allan ended up talking with many other runners and began to see running as a social sport.
And that trend continued as he ran a handful of other marathons, ran his first (and to date, only) ultra, and more recently as he’s come back to the sport.
Getting Into OCRs
Allan has gotten back into running by completing OCRs with his daughter.
Now, Allan was quick to point out that his daughter is fit and that he didn’t want to slow her down. So he not only got back into running again, but also took a long look at his diet and other areas of fitness in order to drop some weight and build some strength so he could run with his daughter instead of being left behind.
As Allan has returned to running, he’s also embraced living a healthier lifestyle beyond simply running. (As you can tell from the two photos above!)
Enter the 40+ Fitness Podcast.
Allan’s podcast focuses on how health and fitness changes as we get older.
Maybe you can relate.
What worked for us in our 20s and 30s probably doesn’t work quite as well in our 40s and 50s (I assume-HA!), and that holds true whether it’s talking about running, nutrition, weight loss, strength training, or anything else.
It’s a great show talking about a topic (aging) that, let’s be honest, we are all going to have to deal with now and in the future. So give it a listen on your podcast app of choice and let Allan know what you think!
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