We are truly enjoying getting to know more of you this way! 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 Kyle!

Kyle - Hogeye Marathon 2014

Kyle – Hogeye Marathon 2014

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

Hometown: Fishers, Indiana (suburb of Indianapolis)
Age: 45
Profession: Middle School Principal

When did you start running?
My dad is a runner, so I’ve always run a little. But, after I graduated college, I really started running. I’ve run close to 30 half marathons, countless 10K races, and two marathons (including last year’s Hogeye).

WHY did you start running?
I started running to stay in shape and so that I can eat a little more of the food that I like!

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
I love running on trails (whether they are paved or not). We have the Monon Trail in Indiana that goes from downtown Indianapolis all the way to a northern suburb covering close to 30 miles. There are also some trails right by my neighborhood in Fishers that I run often.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
To be perfectly honest, I am not sure that I have had that moment yet, and I have been running for a really long time. So, maybe that is what keeps me going. . . to have that particular moment!

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Not every workout has to be a PR. . . mix up your workouts so that your body can adjust to many different kinds of training.

What has running taught you about yourself?
Running has taught me so many things. . .you can really accomplish so much if you make a plan and stick to it. I’m in the middle of my 7th week of training right now, and I haven’t missed a run.

Do you run solo or with a group?
I would prefer to run with another person or a group, but my schedule usually causes me to run solo. Yes, even on the twenty milers!!

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Running for me is selfish. It has nothing to do with medals or PRs. It allows me time to stay in shape, reflect on my day, plan my next steps, and blow off some steam. It is great KB time!

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
I really don’t. I just show up and run.

Do you have a running motto or mantra or favorite quote?
Two: ‘You can’t win this race in this first mile, but you sure as hell can lose it!’ ‘My goal for every run is to finish upright and under my own power!’

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will 2015 be your first Hogeye?
I ran the 2014 Hogeye.

Why do you (want to) run the Hogeye? What makes it special?
My parents live in Fayetteville. My dad worked at the U of A as the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Department Head for a decade. My dad, my mom, my brother, and my sister all graduated from the U of A. I love coming to Fayetteville. The Hogeye is during my Spring Break, so the Hogeye gives me a chance to spend time with my parents and accomplish a tremendous task. My wife and my parents cheered me on last year, so it was neat to share this moment with them. And, this year, my two step kids (ages 5 and 7) are coming. That will make it extra special. And, I hurt myself somewhere between miles 12 and 16 last year (around Lake Fayetteville), so I hobbled to the finish. I’d like to remain injury free and have a better showing this year.

How can folks connect with you?
I’m on Twitter @KGBarrentine and on Instagram @kgbarrentine

Thanks for sharing your story, Kyle! See ya out there!

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