Meet this week’s #HogeyeHopeful, Gary McLendon. Gary is no stranger to the Hogeye as he will be running in his 25th Hogeye race in April.
I claim Fayetteville, AR.
E.E., & President/owner GCM Computers
When and WHY did you start running?
I was invited by a friend more as a joke than serious. He convinced me that I really could run/jog for 3.1 miles and surprisingly I made it to the finish line before they closed it down.
Where do you prefer to run?
I love running outdoors if weather is dry and temp is between 40-95 degrees. I like hard surface like asphalt, concrete or packed dirt.
Do you have a favorite route?
I really enjoy running around Lake Fayetteville in the early morning hours.
What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
I suppose it was really when I finished my first Hogeye marathon, which I did without any training. Needless to say it wasn’t very pretty or very fast, but I have never felt such a “high” as when I crossed the finish line.
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
First off I would have started long before I turned 50. Secondly I recommend starting slower and shorter. Having someone to run with will keep you accountable and you’re probably more likely to keep it up.
Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
Not really, just get up and start putting one foot in front of the other then repeat til done. A good high protein meal the night before will be a good idea and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Do you run solo or with a group?
I do most of my running solo partly because of the early hours I choose to run, but I definitely enjoy company when I get the chance.
Why do you run the Hogeye?
I guess you could say I have a love affair with the Hogeye. After all I got my start with the Hogeye back when it ran through Hogeye and was touted as one of the hardest marathons in the USA.
What makes it special?
Running has many benefits for me. I love to eat and can eat much more that I should. Running allows me to eat the extras and not gain the additional pounds we all try to avoid. There is a special peace about running, dspecially out in the natural settings along the trails in Fayetteville. Also, it has, and still is, a great stress reliever. Physical fitness has become more of a priority the older I get, and aerobic exercise seems to help.
How many times have you run part of the Hogeye?
I believe my current count is 23 whole marathons and 1 half-marathon.
How can folks connect with you on social media?
I am on FB occasionally as well as LinkedIn although I seldom post anything.