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Christian, Sales Associate at Bitters
For me running is just something I've always done. My dad is a runner and growing up I always wanted to be just like him. I “ran” my first race at the age of 2 (and by ran I mean my mom pushed my brother and I in a stroller to the finish line where I got out and ran across the line). As I got older I would accompany my dad to the track to run with him. These usually consisted of me playing in the grass until my dad's last set where I would race him for the last 200 meters and feel pretty confident that I was “faster than dad”. I eventually started playing other sports but I still ran to keep in shape. Sometime around middle school I stopped deluding myself that I was cut out for more physical sports (football, anyone?) and focused on running exclusively.
I joined the cross country team my freshman year of high school and finally found where I fit in! The camaraderie you get from a cross country team is something thats not possible in other sports. We spent our runs joking around, talking about girls, and our competition for the next race as the miles steadily ticked away. I ran cross country and track all 4 years of high school and briefly ran XC at Southeastern Louisiana University before taking a short hiatus from running.
In the summer of 2013 I needed a hobby and started running again. I ran a small 5k and was pleasantly reminded how much running can hurt! After the race though I remembered why I had fallen in love with running in the first place, the competition and seeing how far I could push myself had me hooked again! I set my goals to run the San Antonio Rock n Roll half later in the year and needed a group to help me pass the miles. I started going to the Monday and Wednesday night social runs at iRun and helping out at packet pickups before I was offered a job there! I was ecstatic! Being able to talk running all day and geeking out shoes; what more could I ask for?! If you want to talk about the technical details of the shoes come see me at the Bitters store!
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My Favorite Things
Favorite running quote:
You don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials. - Once a Runner
Favorite place to run:
Fox Run Park in Colorado Springs! Trail running around a lake with mountain views! Runner-up would have to be the trails in Palo Duro Canyon near my hometown of Amarillo.
Favorite running shoe:
Mizuno Wave Inspire for most of my runs. New Balance 1400 for tempo/speedwork and racing.
Favorite pre-race fuel:
A bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee has been my staple since high school.
Favorite post-race fuel:
Congress Avenue Mile (R.I.P.) :(
Anything from the 5k down to the 800. I like to keep the amount of time I'm suffering to a minimum.
12x400 on the track.