Andi, Amy, Mike Rouse, me, Julia
So who was this famous runner? His name is Mike Rouse, and he was entertaining, engaging, witty, and passionate - about running, about how his life had a dramatic turnaround when he spent some time in prison nearly 30 years ago, and about the program he started to help other prisoners have success in life when they are released from jail; Mike also got involved with helping Kurdish refugees in the Dallas area...let's just say his willingness to help has led to a lot of life adventures!
Mike is an endurance athlete who runs marathons, 50 milers, 100 milers, 24-hour races, triathlons, Ironmans, and Ultramans (which is a double Ironman). He's won many of these events and told us some great stories about participating in them. We could ask questions, so naturally, I asked him what he ate during these super long runs. His answer surprised me...hot dogs. Yes, HOT DOGS. This came from a grueling 100 miler where he felt really terrible for most of the race, but once he had a hot dog (around mile 70, I think)(that number blows my mind), he felt better. He had another...and ended up passing nearly 150 people before the finish. So hot dogs became his go-to fuel for these long distance runs!
Mike runs a lot. I mean, A LOT (like 80-90 miles weekly). I believe he said he's had one injury in his nearly 30 year running career, and he does attribute that to genetics, yes - and I agree with him on that, because some people seem to be really lucky in that arena, while others (moi, for example) end up with the dumbest random running injuries - but he also said he listens to his body (and not an iPod). For example, if his hamstring starts to act funny, he immediately takes a couple of days off. No question, no worries about keeping up with a schedule - just BAM. Take care of it right away. He likes to recover after a long run by resting with his legs raised up against a wall, which produces a similar effect as wearing compression leg sleeves - it helps to push blood flow out of the legs and stop it from pooling there.
He recommends having several pairs of running shoes, and for them to not be all the same. For example, if you use a neutral shoe in the Brooks line, get a comparable shoe in some other lines as well, because the subtle differences in them will work different muscles each time you run - and yes, wear a different pair of shoes every time you run. Now, of course, that is a little challenging to those of us with shoe budgets, but I can understand his reasoning, and speaking as someone who falls into a shoe rut and ends up wearing the same pair for each run, I'm willing to try this - I have enough shoes with different mileage on them that I can make this work. While I'm not ever going to be a long-distance runner like Mike Rouse, I'd love to stave off any more running injuries.
Guess what Mike is doing today? He's running for 24 hours, in honor of a Navy Seal friend and 30 others who died in a 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, while serving our country. Toward the end of his 24 hour run, the Joggin' for Frogman 5K race will begin, and Mike will run the last 3.1 miles with all of the participants. I'd not heard of Mike Rouse until a few days ago, but I'm so glad to know he's out there, making such a positive impact on so many lives...by running!
here - it's not available on Amazon. Of course we all had to have him sign our books:
This will be going right next to my signed copy of Bart Yasso's book!
Here's Amy waiting for her copy:
Gleeful anticipation! Love it.
Have a great weekend!