(AKA Madi's dad in the running community)
Brian is 37 years old, married to Tara and together they have 3 kids: Madison (13) Hayden (11) Porter (9). Brian's hometown is Bountiful Utah and he is a Social Worker. Here are a few facts about Brian when we asked him about his running:
Years running: Ran the mile in Jr High and took about 20 years off!
Weekly mileage: Work out about 8-10 hours a week.
Favorite race distance or race: Ironman
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: In 2005, after winning the super clydesdale division (220lb and over) in a sprint triathlon in bountiful (nobody else in my division) I decided it was time to go big time. I signed up for the Ogden Xterra triathlon! I showed up to the starting line at 252 lbs and felt like a machine because of my 3-4 training runs and a couple of bike rides to 7 eleven and back! I had a good swim but half way through the bike things started getting fuzzy and the next thing I knew I was on my way to the hospital in an ambulance. I decided that night that I better start taking health a little more serious. I signed up for Ironman Coeur d Alene that happened to be exactly to the date (June 25th 2006) one year away. I trained, lost weight and made it to the finish line. Since then I've done 2 more but the first time across the Ironman finish line is tough to beat!
Favorite training run: I have a favorite run but I like it because nobody is ever on it! So I better keep it a secret. (Hint) Gravel trail, smells like the dump, horse pastures all over, lots of coots and mosquitoes.
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): The obvious reasons of feeling good and staying in shape. But more importantly I've enjoyed getting to know some great people that run.
Goals: I enjoy doing a wide variety of races. Due to the fact that I am most likely not going to be too fast.I would like to finish some of the major races out there. The Wasatch 100 down the road a way is probably the one that I have a desire to accomplish the most.
Favorite music to run to: I've got to admit I'm a bit of an 80s rock fan! I feel bad because it has spilled over to my kids. I'm not sure if being a good dad involves having kids that love KISS and OZZY.
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): Striders stuff! BTW the triathlon stuff at Striders is the best ever...Wetsuits, tri shorts, the new K Swiss shoes etc.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: The day before my first Ironman I had the opportunity to talk to Paula Newby Frazier. They were predicting 96 degrees the next day and I was a little nervous because I don't do so well in the heat. She told me to take salt tablets like every 15-20 min. I asked her how many I should take and she told me that if my body didn't like them that I would just throw up. She said that I would be in bigger trouble if I didn't take enough. So the next day I took over 100 salt tablets during the race! I never threw up but the next morning my internal organs felt like they had been soaking in gasoline all night. I then read on the salt tablet bottle to "never exceed 10 capsules in a day".
Best motivational quote: Conquer Thyself! (A little plug for the Bairgutsman)
Your role model: My 3 kids are the best! Great athletes and people!
Favorite food: Chinese buffet!
Hobbies or interests other than running: Soccer, hunting, coaching my kids, staying up late watching tv, being in the mountains, hanging out with friends and family.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I want everyone to know that all the shoes that are donated to Striders go to people that are so grateful for them. Its like Christmas every time I show up with a new box. Please keep donating them!