Runner of the Month
Each month, this website will interview a local runner.  This runner
may not necessarily set records, but instead shows a desire and
dedication for the sport.
How long have you been running?

I have been running seriously for about 5 years. After high school, I ran but not with
any goal in mind.

What are your personal best times?

(All post high school)
2 Mile 11:41
5K 18:38
10 Mile 1:14
½ Marathon 1:33:06
Marathon 3:34

What is your favorite type of run?

I enjoy a medium 6-8 miler in the early fall mornings or after a snow.

What is your favorite race you have run?

My favorite is the Indianapolis Life Mini Marathon. Over 25,000 people compete in this
race. Because of the volume of people ,it is necessary to be seeded to get a good
starting spot. The course is great and there are people cheering you on the entire
way. We always make a weekend out of this race with a group of friends.

What are some achievements you are proud of?

This summer I ran a race in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The trail race began at about
6,000 feet of altitude and climbed 1,000 feet in the first 4 miles. Running at altitude is a
different experience for those of us that don’t live in the mountains. My goal was to
finish the race and not die, which I did accomplish. My breathing for 9:00 minute
miles felt like I was running 6:00 minute miles. It was the toughest race I have ever run.

What is your favorite shoe?

Asics 2000 series and the New Balance 700 series are my favorites. I rotate 3-4 pairs
of shoes at a time to extend the life. I periodically try new kinds to make sure I’m not
missing anything.

What is the best thing about running?

I like being able to feel in shape and knowing I can eat what I want.

What is the worst thing about running?

The worst thing about running is getting into the shower after a 20 plus mile run.
Every bit of chafed skin burns when the water hits it.

What are your plans for the future?

My ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It is difficult to coach Cross-
country and to train for a marathon at the same time. In order to qualify I need to take
a more focused approach in all phases of my workouts. With three small children,
this is especially difficult to balance. Each year I get a little closer.

What running products would you recommend?

I am a firm believe in Coolmax products. No more taking off the 20 pound sweat
soaked cotton T-shirt. Technical apparel in general makes adverse weather more

Thank you, Tom, for taking the time to answer these questions and being the
November Runner of the Month.
Tom Vernot
February:    Brock Rhodes
March:        Tina Beattie
April:           Bill Mack
May:            Kevin and Elizabeth
June:           Nic Alvarez
July:             Jay Prichard
August:        Karen Miller
September:  Gary Seibert
October:      Michelle Stauffer
Past runners of the month:
January:      Josh Neilson