Today, my guest is someone that I’ve followed on Twitter for quite a few years and we are finally sitting down for a chat.
In addition to being an avid runner, he’s also a husband, father, and a bit of a billiards snob.
We may cover some new to the show topics today, as I go a few easy miles with Rob Rueff.
Bucket List Item
Rob Rueff will be turning 50 this November and one item he hopes to check off by then is his first marathon.
He is in the midst of his training plan and has discovered that he loves all the extra miles.
His primary goal for the race is to finish and have fun, but he also has a loose time goal as well.
Along with ramping up his mileage for training, he is learning firsthand about the importance of recovery.
Rob chose a smaller local race for a variety of reasons including convenience.
As the race gets closer, Rob is planning on embracing the taper period.
Rob has been active his entire life, but it was in 2013 when he really got into running.
He was a referee at high school basketball games and began running in the off-season to stay in shape.
It was during that period that Rob got connected to Team World Vision.
Team World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Connecting with a group that he was passionate about was the push he needed to run his first half marathon.
Rob accomplished his goal and not only completed 13.1 miles, but he also raised money for a good cause in the process.
In 2015, Rob began running with his oldest son, and together they completed numerous races.
The tight-knit and supportive running community is one huge piece of what keeps Rob coming back for more.
Return To Racing
Rob ran in the Peachtree 10k for the first time in 2021.
The race was far from its usual crowds, but even with the limitations, the event felt somewhat normal.
Rob doesn’t have a preference when it comes to the size of a race.
Both big races and small races have their benefits.
Smaller races allow Rob to lock into his race and be more focused on his goals.
Larger atmospheres fire him up and are enjoyable for him.
Rob’s son was diagnosed with autism prior to them running together.
When Rob first began running with his son, he wasn’t sure what to expect.
The shared miles over the years have brought them closer than he could have ever predicted.
Rob noticed that on mornings his son ran, that he was more focused over the course of the day.
Watching his son accomplish goals has inspired him to continue pushing towards his own goals.
Running will always be something that the two of them share and can connect over.
A Game Of Strategy
Rob grew up in a family that loved billiards and even owned a pool hall.
From an early age, he learned about the strategy involved.
More specifically, Rob fell in love with the game Snooker.
Snooker is akin to chess but on a billiards table.
He follows the sport closely and is always learning and sharing his knowledge with others.
The strategy he uses in Snooker can overlap with the strategy he uses during races.
Though they are vastly different activities, both require a certain strategy to succeed.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Team World Vision
- Snooker USA
- Mill Race Marathon
- OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
- Peachtree Road Race
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