Greg Sisengrath has completed 56 trail races, so it’s safe to say he is familiar with the sport.
In addition to getting out there and running himself, he’s also willing to help others by pacing and crewing along with coaching other athletes.
Today we will go a few easy miles and find out how the ultra world drew him in and keeps him coming back for more.
The Lure Of Going Longer
The 50k distance to the average person would seem impossible, but to Greg he always keeps himself ready to jump into a race of that distance at any moment.
It wasn’t so long ago that Greg would avoid running at all costs.
As a child he was active and played sports, but as life became busier and he had more responsibilities his health went to the wayside.
As a married adult with 3 kids, he decided it was time to make a change.
His wife started running first and he eventually gave in and it wasn’t long before 1 mile snowballed into much longer.
Greg was surprised that running came quite naturally to him which helped to fuel his motivation.
He dove headfirst into running and completed races all the way up to a marathon in his first few years.
Trail running found him at a time when he started to get burnt out from road running.
A Whole New Beast
Greg has a deep love for the trail community and the more relaxed approach to training.
When training for trail races, he is not as focused on paces, but other metrics such as time on feet.
Currently Greg has completed four 100 mile races and his approach to training has evolved over time.
For his initial 100 mile race in 2012 he was focusing on high mileage and 40-50 mile max long runs.
Experience has taught him that he fares better with lower mileage, more vertical climbs, and increased strength training.
As a coach it’s his goal to emphasize the importance of consistent strength and mobility.
The myrtle is his go to exercise and he adds other moves into his daily routine that don’t require any equipment.
It is more important to give up running an extra mile or two and focus on doing the little things pre and post run.
Bigger Than Himself
Greg has found fulfillment in pacing and crewing others to help them reach their goals.
He found himself at Badwater this past year pacing and crewing the 4th place female.
The stress is often higher because he has a responsibility over someone else’s race.
Being a part of a crew team requires giving a lot of oneself, both in time and energy.
The importance of having a good crew should never be underestimated.
Running has opened himself up to a community of people, most of whom he would’ve never met had he not joined the sport.
Being a runner has and continues to take him to new places and offers him a way to see the world in a way he might not otherwise.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Badwater 135
- Dallas Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
- Leadville 100
- The Myrtle Exercise
- Rocky Racoon 100
- Run Rabbit Run
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