Note: Every last Saturday of the month starting this July, I will feature a RUNNER or a BACKPACKER on my blog. So, be sure to visit back to learn from them.
Of course, I will feature runners here but not just an ordinary runners as you would see in this particular post. I haven’t met him in person but he is one of the runners who encouraged me in my training runs (thru Daily Mile) and blogging about those. I just hope that you get inspired on track record of the 1st featured runner. So without further adieu, I have all the pride to introduce to you a fellow runner, blogger and friend, WAYNE PLYMALE
Name: Wayne Plymale
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Years of Running: 42 years
Training Ground (fave route for training): I have several. My training runs from my apartment to Golden Gate Park and back as well as those from home to the Presidio and the Marina are enjoyable.
Favorite Runner (if any): My favorite runners have to be Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuleson. They’ve given me advice back in the 1990s. Also in the mix are Jeff Galloway and Steve Scott.
Favorite Race: My favorite race is the Bay To Breakers 12K. In the top five is the Bahaginan 15K that I ran in the Philippines in 2008. It was on a nice course and it’s one that I’ll always remember.
Fave Running Quote: “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” -Juma Ikaanga of Tanzania
Best 5K Time: 17:47 at the Carlsbad 5000 in March 1996
Half-marathon PR: 1:15:55 at the Avenue Of The Giants Half Marathon in May 1974.
Marathon PR: 3:14:46 at the Napa Valley Marathon in Marck 1984
How many full marathons have you finished: 24 (whew!)
Fave running shoes: My favorite running shoe was the Nike Elite back in 1974-1975. It was the greatest shoe I’ve worn. I’ve worn the Mizuno Wave Riders and the New Balance 901 which were among my favorites.
Running gears (if any): I don’t have a specific type of running gear. As long as they’re comfortable, I’ll wear it.
Unforgettable Moment: Running my first and only Boston Marathon to date in April 1999. My second was the reception that I received before my first of two races in the Philippines in November 2008. I’ll never forget the race, the day and 11 days I spent there.
Reason(s) for running: There are many. The camradrie of meeting other runners, places and the different distances are an inspiration. It helps with the stress from a workday. Also, one feels better after a workout.
Worst injury: Slight tear of the right achilles tendon in 2007.
Post-race food: (breakfast) – French Toast (dinner) – Seafood
James: If there is one tip that you want to share to newbie runners what will it be?
Wayne: Rome was not built in one day. There will be good days and not so good days. Keep at it. As a runner, I had other runners who told me this. Now, it’s my turn to share it with you. As long as I know runners, I’ll be there to encourage and inspire.
James: What do you do when you are not running?
Wayne: There are many things that I like to do. I do some photgraphy work, love movies, music and follow sports. I recentlly met a lady per a co-worker from work. We’re friends and we see each other a couple of times a week.
James: Do you do any crosstraining?
Wayne: Yes. Right now, I bike for about an hour and / or swim for about an hour once a week.
Thanks a lot Sir Wayne, can’t wait to see you and train with you when you get here in the Philippines for the second time! Enjoy running and hope you continue to inspire fellow runners.
Too know more about Wayne, you can visit his blog at http://b2bwayne.blogspot.com/
If you know a runner/backpacker that is worth to feature here, please let me know. You can email me or just put a comment.