TSR Runner of the Week-Luke Watters

By: Kayla Dodd

Congratulations to TSR Runner of the Week, Luke Watters! He has been on his running journey for 3 years now and is loving it. Luke’s first race was in Russell, KY and the race was the 2014 Turkey Trot. He holds a current 5k PR of 24:00. He has BIG goals for himself and his running, he hopes to complete a marathon!! He said he wants to run the entire marathon...no jogging, no walking.

When asked what motivates him to run, Luke said, “Originally I started running to help a friend who at the time was training for the armed forces. From there it bloomed into running with people from my church, making friends in the running community, and now I am at the point that I run even without the social aspect because of what running does for me.”

As runners, we all see some pretty weird and/or cool things. Luke shared an experience of his, he said, “I went for an early morning run down US 23 one morning before the sun was up. There were wood chips all over the road and I basically got to the point that I was ignoring them, turns out one of them was actually a bird and it flew up and scared the life out of me. Luckily, no cars were around, so outside of admitting this now, my shame has been a secret kept by only myself and the bird!”

Luke has some upcoming races that he is currently working towards, he mentioned that he was hoping to participate in the Hatfield McCoy half marathon and he had been training for it, but other plans came up so he cannot participate this year. But he intends to run local 5k’s and find another big race to work and train for! His dream race is the 20th Lloyd Church of the Nazarene Community Day 5k. “This is a race that we have started holding at my church in October and to see it continue on and be in good enough shape to run it 18 years from now is something I would be proud to do.”

His favorite running/motivational quote is, “If you see me collapse, pause my watch.” His best experience from running has definitely been the friends and the people that he has met from running. “The fortitude that comes with being a long distance runner is a close second though.”

Luke’s favorite brand of running shoes are Nike’s and his favorite pieces of running gear are his phone (music) and headphones. His furthest distance that he has ran so far is a Half Marathon (13.1 miles).

When asked what advice he would give to a beginner runner he said, “Once you start, just keep running. Don’t worry about how far or how fast but just keep getting up and going and eventually you’ll find yourself further than you thought your legs would ever carry you when you started.”

Running has had a positive influence on Luke’s life and changed him. “I have a high stress life between both of my careers and running is a release for all that stress. It keeps me in shape, gives me something to compete against others in, and it’s something I’ve come to be able to share with others in a way that I can pass something on to them that I feel truly benefits them.” Congrats to Luke on all of his running accomplishments, good luck with your marathon one day! Team TSR will see you at the finish line! 

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