Pete Coser Connects With His Native American Heritage Through Running


According to his Twitter bio, today’s guest is the kind of guy that runs 26.2 miles for fun, which means he should fit in pretty well around here.

One of the many topics we will cover today is the two marathons he will be running just a few weeks apart.

I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Pete Coser.

Pete Coser

Running Is Ceremony

Pete Coser is originally from a small town located in Cherokee Nation.

He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his 4 children.

Prior to 2017, Pete didn’t consider himself much of a runner.

He was always athletic growing up, playing football and lacrosse.

Since becoming a runner, Pete has drawn parallels between running and Native American ceremonies.

He first began his blog, “Running is Ceremony,” in 2017 as a way to track his journey and share it with others.

Pete uses running as a way to celebrate his heritage.

Transformative Period

The year Pete began running was a life-changing year.

Pete separated from his partner in 2017 and as a result, he focused more than ever on self-development.

Before separating, Pete had declared that he would run a marathon.

He was inspired to run a marathon after volunteering at a race in 2013.

Running came at a time when he was struggling and therefore became his outlet.

Pete kept his promise to himself and crossed the finish line of his first marathon in 2019.

Along with being an outlet, Pete stays active as a way to literally outrun a family history of diabetes.

As a lifelong lacrosse player, running has been a fun new challenge.

Pete Coser

NYC Marathon

Pete’s first full that he completed was the NYC marathon.

He got in through the charity Harlem Lacrosse.

Pete found it fitting that he was able to combine his love of lacrosse with his love of running.

His first marathon experience was a positive one that left him wanting to do it again.

Pete is a huge fan of hip hop music and was excited to run through the Bronx, where the music originated.

The community came out and supported the runners every step of the way.

Raceday Is a Celebration

The last year enduring a pandemic has taught Pete that the future is uncertain.

His response is to go all out with his goals.

Pete is currently training for both the Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon this fall.

The races are a few short weeks apart, but he is no stranger to back-to-back long efforts.

In 2019, Pete ran the NYC marathon and then another full only 3 weeks later.

He typically doesn’t have a strict time goal, but rather views race day as a celebration of all his hard work.

Pete Coser


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