TSR Runner of the Week-Robert Stonestreet

By: Kayla Dodd

Congratulations to TSR Runner of the Week, Robert Stonestreet! He began his running journey in January of 2014 with a Genesis Couch to 5k class. His first race was the Chet Atkins Memorial 5k in Eleanor, WV in March of 2014.

His current PR for a 5k is 24 minutes, he also holds a 1:42:04 PR for a half marathon and holds a 4:12:00 PR for a marathon! He also hits the trails and holds a 2:47:05 for a 25k trail race! His current running goals consist of running more trails and participating in more trail races. He also has current goals of completing a marathon in under 4 hours.

When asked what motivates him to run he said, “It makes me feel healthy and strong. Being able to eat basically whatever I want and not gain weight! Also, I really enjoy the friends I train and race with.” One of the coolest things that has happened to him on a race was being chased and followed by a fawn, while running at night in Teays Valley.

Robert is currently working towards the Ragnar trail race in August of this year. He is also working towards the Bourbon Chase in October, later this year as well! His dream race is the New Orleans Rock and Roll half or full marathon. His favorite running/motivational quote is, “Any day I am too busy to run is a day I am too busy” - John Bryant.

His best experience from running has been meeting new friends who also love to run. His favorite brand of running shoes are Saucony and his favorite piece of running gear are his Saucony Triumph running shoes. The furthest distance he has ran so far is 26.2 miles!

When asked what advice he would give to a beginner runner he said, “It takes several months for running to become enjoyable. In the beginning, running is chore that you make yourself do. After a while, it becomes something you crave and want to do. Running with friends helps provide motivation and accountability."

Running has truly benefitted Robert in many ways. It has made him a much healthier person and provided opportunities to meet many great people he probably never would have otherwise met. Congrats to Robert on all of his runner achievements, see you at the finish line! 

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