Tim Radkey is a Pastor and Ultra Runner That Went Outside the Box


Today I am going a few easy miles with my guest, Tim Radkey.

Tim Radkey, Post Race

Tim has raced a variety of distances with his most recent accomplishment being a 100 miler.

He is a pastor by profession, a head-strong runner, and cites that sarcasm is his love language.

Out Of The Box

Tim has been a runner for about 15 years and very quickly worked his way up to the ultra distance.

He ran his first ultra in 2008 and then hung up his running shoes for the next 8 years.

His passion for running was replaced by CrossFit.

This former ultra runner became a certified CrossFit trainer.

As an athlete with no medical problems, Tim was caught off guard when he began to experience episodes of dizziness.

Multiple tests and doctor visits determined he was ultimately healthy.

This event rattled him to the core and was the catalyst to bring running back into his life.

Running Re-Imagined

After 8 years of minimal running, Tim dove headfirst back into the racing world with a 50 miler as his first event.

Resuming running was no easy task and therefore Tim approached it differently than before.

Intervals turned into his preferred method of running and he learned to focus on the joy it brought rather than the pace.

After surviving his 50 miler, he took it a step further and signed up for 100 miles.

Tim Radkey and Jen Kirkpatrick, Showing Off Those Belt Buckles

Accomplishing a self-supported 100 miler taught Tim many lessons about the ultra world:

  • Mental training is just as important as the physical training.
  • Plan for difficulty. Do NOT avoid hard runs, weather, terrain, etc.
  • Strength training still has a crucial place when doing ultras.
  • Flexibility and mobility are important to runners.

Running is seen as a gift to Tim and he tries to always treat it as such.


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