Richard "Rick" Nef
Rick is 40 years old and is very happily married to his beautiful, patient wife, Carol. Rick is a Production Manager for a plastics injection molding company in Ogden. Rick's Hometown is Layton, UT.
Here are a few facts about Rick when we asked him about running:
Years running: I use to bike a lot and needed a change so I challenged myself to complete a marathon. I did my first one in 2002 and that started my love-hate relationship with running. So, I guess about 8-9 years.
Weekly mileage: It will vary depending on the event I'm training for. I use to record faithfully every inch I did on the bike, trail or road running in a journal. My focus has changed over the past few years. Now, I know roughly what I need to do to and how my body will handle certain events. I feel like I train surprising little so I try to enjoy the miles rather than focus on counting them.
Favorite race distance or race: I never thought I would do a marathon but that might be my favorite distance. It is a challenging length but doable. Utah has some great marathons (i.e. Ogden, Park City, St. George). Boston was amazing. I did a trail marathon, Timberline, in Oregon, this summer. It was beautiful and I would love to go back. I also did the Ibigawa, Japan Marathon a few years ago. That was something I will never forget. The aid station at mile 13 had sushi. I also really love the OV50 and the Wasatch 100.
PR's - or proudest running accomplishment: Top of Utah Marathon 3:12:47, 2x OV50 8:49:22, 2x finisher Wasatch 100 28:46:00. (First finish for Wasatch will always be special.) Tempe Ironman '09. 3x LoToJa sub 10.
Favorite training run: Shoreline trail and sections of the WF100 course. It is amazing what we have in our backyard.
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): I run for my own mental well-being, and because I like to eat. I also run because I can. I run for those I know who can't run and I run for those that can and don't think they can.
Goals: Try not to break anything when I fall. Ahh, so many races and so little race funds.
Favorite music to run to: I never really listen to music when I run. A race or run usually has it's own soundtrack. But I am a big Tom Waits fan.
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): I have a blue hat (Brooks), and a blue, long sleeve shirt I seem to always grab.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: I'm not sure. I've been told, "Start slow and then taper," but I also was told, "you weren't trying hard enough if you don't puke at the finish line."
Best motivational quote: "It is a great day to be alive." A good friend, Jeff, said this to me after he had been involved in a bad bike accident. He is a cancer survivor and lives like it is a gift.
Your role model: There are many who influence me. My family, biking and running clubs, and the hundreds I have met during races and events are all people I draw strength from and look to. Jean and Amanda motivate me.
Favorite food: I like all food. Sushi to sugar cereals. Steaks to Big Macs. Throw in a Mountain Dew and I am happy.
Hobbies or interests other than running: Skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Tri's, rock climbing, and biking in the summer.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I play sax in a pirate band. That's right a pirate band. Rrrrrrrrrrr!!!