Hometown: Wickes, Arkansas
When and WHY did you start running?
I first started running in 2011 because I wanted to get into doing triathlons. I also realized after college that only doing a weight lifting routine without any cardio was not going to get me to the fitness level I desired to be at.
Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
My buddies and I tend to stick to various routes around Wedington in West Fayetteville. My favorite routes are on the country roads west of town where there is hardly any traffic and great scenery.
What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
While training for the 2015 Hogeye, I ran a half-marathon for the first time on a Tuesday morning before work. A year earlier, a single mile would exhaust me, but after doing a half-marathon just for training purposes I felt like I had far exceeded what I would have ever achieved as a runner. Having a full day at work after that morning run definitely made me think, “I’m a Runner!”
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Push your comfort zone, but at a steady pace. I ended up having IT band issues due to increasing the mileage too quickly. Also, invest in good running shoes (getting fitted at Rush Running was my best decision as a runner) and don’t run consistently on worn out shoes.
What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Definitely not medals! I have always been much more inclined to visit the weight room than to hit the road so it’s never been my goal to actually win. But I definitely run to stay healthy and for the comradery it brings from meeting with my friends to run multiple times a week.
Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
Nope, just one step in front of the other.
Do you run solo or with a group?
While I do various other exercises throughout the week, with the rare exception, I meet every Tuesday and Friday morning with my buddies Blake and Jacob for a morning run and post-run coffee at the Perk on Wedington.
Why do you run the Hogeye?
I honestly ran the Hogeye out of convenience. I knew I wanted to do a marathon in order to help build a base for triathlon season, and the timing of the race and living in Fayetteville made it too good to pass up. What makes it special? I love that the race essentially takes you all around Fayetteville and lets the runner see the entire city. I also like the fact that the Hogeye has a reputation for being a difficult race, but I still finished it. Are you running the Hogeye this year? Not this year. I’m hoping to do a race with different terrain since much of my training was on the trails that are part of the Hogeye Marathon.
How can folks connect with you on social media?
Facebook: Andrew Curtis