TSR Runner of the Week-Nathan E. Kirk II
By: Kayla Dodd
Congratulations to TSR Runner of the week, Nathan E. Kirk II. He started his running journey in the summer of 2012 with the goals of weight loss and becoming healthier. He said, “In the process, I lost 55 pounds. I started with a couch to 5k app and followed it religiously. I ran my first 5k in October 2012 with a time of 24:51!”
Throughout all of his training and dedication he was able to set awesome PR’s for himself. He holds a 5k PR of 23:12, which he accomplished in Danville KY, in October 2016. His Half Marathon PR is 1:55:34, which he did in Louisville in April 2017; and his Marathon PR is 4:06:07, which he did at the Marshall Marathon in Huntington in November of 2014! His current running goals consist of continuing to log miles and keep up with his training runs. He would love to run 1,000 miles in a year. He also said, “I also have goals to stay healthy and injury free. I am injured now and runners know how much it stinks to not be able to run!!”
Nathan is motivated to run by his upcoming races and his running partners. “I am very competitive, always striving to get better and faster. Even though our running group spans several generations (30-60 years in age) and paces of 7-9 minutes, we all push each other to be our best!” His next races on the calendar are the Ragnar WV Trail Team race and the Ragnar Bourbon Chase! This is a 12 person 200 mile team race through bourbon country in KY. He said that this is by far the most fun he has ever had running/racing. Nathan highly recommends team races! His dream race would be the London or NYC Marathon(s).
His favorite running/motivational quote is: “Do. Or do not. There is no try” –Yoda. His best experience…is the next experience. “Where will my next run be, how will I feel, how far will I run, how fast, how hard will it be? I love running in new cities, states and countries.”
Asics Gel Nimbus are his shoe preference and his favorite piece of running gear is his Garmin Vioactive GPS running watch.
His advice to a beginner runner and what he highly recommends is a couch to 5k app or beginners running class like the Genesis running group in our area. “Most important is to find friends to run with! I can't stress this enough. I ran for the first year and trained for my first races by myself. Don't get me wrong, it's possible to do it by yourself, but when it is 40 degrees and raining outside and you have a 6 AM, 12 mile training run scheduled and other people are counting on you being there, it's a lot easier to get out of bed than if you are doing it alone. Not only is it great motivation, but they will become some of your very best friends. Other runners are always there for you. You might think you are friends with someone and know them, but run with that friend and you find out so much more about them and become even closer! Non-runners don't want to hear about your running but you will tell them any way so it's good to be able to talk to someone about lost toenails and chaffing that know where you are coming from!”
Running has truly benefited and changed Nathan’s life for the better. He would like to give a shout out to his running group "The Hurricane Road Runners Sometimes Trail Runners ". Congrats to Nathan on all that he has accomplished. Team TSR will see you at the finish line!