My Perfect Run: A long, tasty, single track trail deep inside the Chattahoochee National Forest with a couple of friends, my ultra-dogs, a big bag of peanuts, and a very cold microbrew waiting at the finish.
Originally From: Elkhart, IN
Best Advice: Sign up early for a goal race. It will save money on registration, make sure the race doesn’t sell out before I’m signed up, and it will keep me motivated and committed to train for the race.
What Keeps Me Going: My wife & kids.
My Perfect Run: Big mountains, rugged terrain, early morning start, go all day, cold beer at the end.
Originally From: St. Louis, MO
Best Advice: Follow your passion.
What Keeps Me Going: Running is the fuel that stokes the engine (or maybe it's Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bars?).
My Perfect Run: Early spring morning running the trails at Sope Creek.
Originally From: Marietta, GA
Best Advice: Live in the present and don’t sweat the small stuff .
What Keeps Me Going: Coffee.
My Perfect Run: Early Fall morning next to the Chattahoochee on the trails. Being immersed in nature by myself is simply nostalgic!
Originally From: Chicago, IL
Best Advice: You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Always give it your all and push through the hard miles. Most importantly, run like it's your last run ever and have fun!
What Keeps Me Going: Running has always been such a tough sport for me being a below the knee amputee. Having such a great community where people want to see you succeed and push you too the limit is hard to come by. The running community is a giant family. It's something you'll never want to give up.
My Perfect Run: A long run at Kennesaw Mountain with my favorite running buddies on a perfect fall day.
Originally From: Kennesaw, GA
Best Advice: Have FUN!
What Keeps Me Going: Setting goals for myself, my friends, and exploring lots of beautiful places.
My Perfect Run: My perfect run was in the summer along the Mackenzie river in Oregon. At the time I was focused on just training and would never deviate from the schedule. I forgot all about the schedule itself and just ran. That run really brought me back to my roots to remind me that the competitive side of running is not the only reason why I enjoy it.
Originally From: Alpharetta, GA
Best Advice: Base millage is the foundation of a good season and without it one will surely falter throughout the season. Just as importantly though is building up slowly and easily. As runners we are inherently antsy; but if we are able to start slowly we can really build that mileage for an injury free and successful season.
What Keeps Me Going: I have honestly tried quitting a few times now. Each time I enjoy the short break; but after awhile I start to remember what I loved so much about running and inevitably get back into it.
My Perfect Run: A fall day on a mountain running with friends while the sun is shining.
Originally From: Marietta, GA
Best Advice: I was told that if I quit at running, I would be a quitter at life. I haven’t stopped running since.
What Keeps Me Going: Friends and trails to run on. The sanity running brings me, and the endorphin rush!
My Perfect Run: A cool, brisk day at Kennesaw Mountain.
Originally From: West Columbia, SC
Best Advice: Take time to enjoy the run!
What Keeps Me Going: Determination. Becoming a runner later in life has made me determined to become the best I can.
My Perfect Run: My perfect run is an early crisp winter long run at Kennesaw Mountain with my dogs before anyone else is out there. When it all adds up just right, it's a transcendent experience!
Originally From: Douglasville, GA
Best Advice: Recovery is half the battle. The better and faster you can recover, the better and faster you can train.
What Keeps Me Going: I enjoy being able to share my passion with running because it has given me so much and I know it is willing to give just as much to anyone out there willing to work a little.
My Perfect Run: Strapping on my hydration pack and seeing where the trail takes me.
Originally From: Maine
Best Advice: If others can do it, so can you. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can. Just go do it!
What Keeps Me Going: I love encouraging and helping others. It's pretty cool to be a part of the camaraderie shared within our local running community.
My Perfect Run: On road or on trail, the perfect run allows me to escape from the day, even if for just a short time.
Originally From: East Islip, NY
Best Advice: When running stops being for you, it loses its purpose, and motivation is hard to find. When you run for yourself, it’s a wonderful gift from you to you!
What Keeps Me Going: The balance running helps me achieve both mentally and physically. If I couldn’t run, part of me would be missing.