CraigRairdin

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time I ran more than two miles without stopping, I…
was surprised I could do it. I had been running four to five 1.5 mile intervals with 2 minute walks in between and couldn’t imagine going any farther than that without a break.

If I didn’t run, I would…
wish I was running. I’m a latecomer (started running at age 50) but very quickly became addicted.

Favorite Shoe:
I’m currently transitioning to Vibram FiveFingers Bikilas while doing longer runs in Mizuno Wave Rider 14’s

What is your motivation?
Oddly, technology. I track my progress using RunKeeper on my iPhone. I have a Withings WiFi-enabled bathroom scale and Wahoo heart rate monitor that connect wirelessly to RunKeeper. RK can post my location, time, pace, and heart rate live to the Web. Being able to view every run I’ve ever done and see how my distance and times have gotten better is very motivating.

Hot or cold weather runner?
I actually enjoy running in the winter, down to about 25F. Running on a cool Spring or Fall day can’t be beat, though. In the summertime I try to run before the sun comes up. I guess that makes me a cold weather runner.

How often do you race?
I’m more interested in distance than time, but I have enjoyed the races I’ve run in. Now that I’m kinda into doing that, I’m looking for organized events as often as they come up.

Favorite gel flavor?
Not sure if I’m a fan yet, but I’ve been using Clif “Razz” raspberry gel on my long runs. Not because I like it, but because I can get it at HyVee.

Ever run a marathon?
No. Did the New Bo Fest half marathon this year.

Care to run another (or a first one)?
Yes. That’s on my plan for next year.

If I could run with anyone, it would be?
My wife. Gotta get her off the elliptical and out into the fresh air.

Rather run alone, or with a partner?
I run alone.

Race you’d like to forget
None! so far

Favorite local race
No favorites. I’ve done 3 CVRA events and they were all great.

Ever win your age group?
Not even close. Not a goal.

Listen to music when running?
Yes. Just my normal iPod mix.

Ever run in a costume?
Dude, have you seen me in shorts? Every time I run I’m in costume.

Best part of running
The sense of accomplishment; watching the sun rise.

What I do to support my running habit (occupation)?
iPhone/Android programmer.