Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 31, 2008

Q&A: 16 hours, 100 miles. How'd he do it? Burritos (and other answers)

Q: When and how did you start running? A: I started running in 1996, just as I was graduating from law school down in D.C. (at) Georgetown. I was a pack-a-day smoker and realized I needed to make a change as I headed into the professional world, so I started running. I started with a mile and then worked my way up. In 1998, I ran my first marathon. Funny thing is that I did not fully quit smoking until the month before my first marathon in 1998.

Q: How hard was making the jump from running marathons to running 100 miles?

A: I got into ultra running when I saw an ad by a local ultra running club in Topsfield (Gil's Athletic Club) for a nighttime run. It was a 25-mile run that started at 10 at night in the woods in Ipswich. I ran and was hooked. The GAC folks are extremely nice. That was back in spring 2006. Since then, I have raced five 50Ks, three 50 milers, a 100K and the Vermont 100-miler. The best way to describe it was that it was tough, but not as tough as people might think. By the time I started training for ultra marathons, I had run more than 10 marathons, including a personal best of 2:33 at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2005. I knew what it was like to work hard. Training for an ultra marathon is a lot like training for a marathon, but the long runs are just longer. It is simple in some ways.

Q:What does your family think of you running 100 miles?

A: I am very fortunate to have a very supportive wife and two great kids. They are all very proud of me and help me out, whether it is my kids sitting with me when I stretch or my wife who does everything from listening to me talk about my running, to helping me with my race planning and being my crew, like at the Vermont 100.

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