My guest on the show today is someone that I recently met on Twitter.
After a quick back and forth, we decided to continue our conversation on the podcast.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Steve B today.
From Biking To Running
Steve first started running in 2015.
Before he ever became a runner, he frequently headed out to the trails on his mountain bike.
Steve would always check trail and park websites to ensure that no races were going on when he planned on going out.
He preferred to not have to worry about navigating his bike around runners.
That all changed when he saw a 10k race on a local trail and decided to ask his brother if he wanted to join in the race.
Following the race, Steve found that he kind of enjoyed it.
Steve continued to run occasionally that first year.
Gaining Confidence In The Sport
It was 2017 when Steve came across a race that was taking place in the mountains where he often hiked and rode his bike.
The idea to run a marathon came at a time when Steve was beginning to take running more seriously.
Along with committing to train for a marathon, he also committed to raising money for a charity.
Steve is more motivated when he has meaning behind his runs and has plans to do the same for marathon number two.
Training went smoothly and Steve finished the marathon feeling as though he could do anything.
He quickly signed up for his second marathon, but the pandemic and cancellation of all races altered his plans.
The marathon was canceled two times, but it is set to resume later this year.
Similarities In Sports
Prior to becoming a runner, Steve was into skateboarding and mountain biking.
Over the course of a few years, he has realized that the sports have some similarities.
Biking helped to build up his cardio much like running.
As Steve got more into trail running he began to notice the commonalities with skateboarding.
Some of the movements he does while trail running are similar to how he moves his body when on a skateboard.
Often sports have some overlap and can be complementary.
Listening To His Body
During the height of Covid, the lack of races didn’t bother Steve.
He doesn’t run to race and is only competitive with himself.
A part of being competitive with himself and pushing hard is listening to his body.
Steve has dealt with injuries in the past, most of them happened when he didn’t listen to his body.
He adjusts each run depending on how he is feeling and doesn’t try to run through injuries.
Focusing on a healthy diet along with including crosstraining are other ways in which he stays injury-free.
Steve is motivated by giving back to the sport he loves.
For his upcoming marathon, he is running for a charity that benefits cancer research.
Along with fundraising and the many sports he enjoys, Steve also loves music.
He is a self-proclaimed “kid at heart” and loves to try new things.
Steve recently began playing the guitar.
Even with his love of music, he doesn’t always prefer to have headphones in at every race.
Having a no headphone policy at a race forces people to talk to others.
Steve is keenly aware that you never know who you’re motivating.
The current goal that Steve is working towards is to run a 3:30 marathon.
Next year he may shift his focus and try running a longer distance.
First and foremost, running has taught Steve discipline.
If he wants to do something, he needs to put in the work.
In order to put in the work, you need a plan.
Steve knows that even the best-laid plans can change and adjustments must be made for a variety of reasons.
In both running and in life, Steve has found that he can usually give more.
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