Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!

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Meet Phil!

Hogeye Half Marathon - 2014

Hogeye Half Marathon – 2014

We asked Phil a few questions that will help you get to know him better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Phil!

Age: 31
Hometown: Fayetteville AR

When did you start running?
I’ve been running most of my life but I didn’t start long distance running until the end of my undergrad years.

WHY did you start running?
About 10 years ago, I signed up for a 5K just to help out with a philanthropy in Jonesboro. I really enjoyed the challenge. I quickly became addicted to the “runner’s highs” & just simply feeling better.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
There are so many places! In Fayetteville, my favorite course is at Agri Park. If I’m running a heavy mileage week, I like to spend more time out there to get off the harder surfaces. The trail system in Fayetteville is amazing, too. Lake Fayetteville, Wilson Park & the U of A are all great places to run & easy to get to from where I live. Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro was the genesis of my running addiction & my favorite place in the world is Percy Warner Park in Nashville, TN.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
I guess the first time I bought six pairs of running shoes at one time. That was also my “I might have a problem” moment.

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will 2015 be your first Hogeye?
In ’13 I ran with a group of friends in the marathon relay & this year I won the half marathon. Both races were unforgettable for completely different reasons. I’m running the full marathon in ’15.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
There’s plenty of things I could tell him but I’m sure he wouldn’t listen.

What has running taught you about yourself?
I think many of us put “ceilings” on what we think we are capable of accomplishing. Running has taught me to always shoot for the moon.

Do you run solo or with a group?
I started out almost exclusively running solo. Now I have running partners scattered all over the state. I think it’s important to have both types of runs. Some of my best friends were introduced to me through running groups. Running with someone quickly creates a bond with that person that can last a lifetime.

Phil DavisonWhat motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
I think that changes week to week, month to month, race to race. Qualifying for Boston was a huge goal for several years. After that was accomplished, I quickly went after other goals. I have raced the St. Jude Memphis Marathon every year since ’07. If running for those kids doesn’t motivate you, I’m not sure what would. Running for PRs & becoming a faster runner are constants that have always motivated me.

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
I usually arrive at the start line before most races with no time to spare. I need to discontinue that tradition. I also finish every run with two taps to my chest for two friends that I lost & I blow a kiss to the sky for my Grandma.

Do you have a running motto or mantra or favorite quote?
I think I need to work on my mantra. Yelling at myself like a crazy person when I’m running poorly probably doesn’t count as a mantra. “The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials” -John L Parker

Why do you run the Hogeye? What makes it special?
I have raced in marathons all over the country but there is something very special about running in your hometown. I know I will have friends there cheering for me to do well. That’s extremely motivating to me. I can’t wait for this race!

You can connect with Phil on Facebook. Thanks for sharing your story, Phil! Happy training!

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Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!