Meet this week’s #HogeyeHopeful, Matt Lewis. The Hogeye tradition runs deep in the Lewis family.
General Manager at Lewis Ford & Lewis CDJR
When and WHY did you start running?
January 2015. I started running as a challenge to be on a 4-person relay for Hogeye. Once the race was finished the bug started and I was looking for what was next. As the year continued I lost weight, started noticing that I was sharper at work and less stressed. I continue to run and participate in triathlons to challenge myself and encourage others.
Where do you prefer to run?
Any two lane road, dirt road or trail. I enjoy being out of town where you can truly relax and take in the surroundings.
Do you have a favorite route?
Pavement: the loop around Lake Fayetteville. Dirt: the trails at Mt. Kessler.
What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
When I finished my first Marathon in 2016 at the Hogeye.
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Don’t overthink it. It’s ok to run different paces during training and just because you run a recovery run at a slower pace does not mean you are getting slower. You don’t have to run with music all the time. And find yourself a good coach or training plan.
Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
I try to stick with what I have been eating and wearing during training. Nothing new. Routine is to wake up at least 3 hours before start time to eat (normally oats and a banana).
Do you run solo or with a group?
All the above, we have a group of guys from work that will run on Saturday morning or one night during the week. I usually do my long runs with my brother, Shelby, and then fit in some solo runs in between. I also enjoy running with my wife and our 3 boys; pushing a triple stroller is always fun and a heck of a workout.
Why do you run the Hogeye?
It has been a tradition of my family’s since the early 80’s. Growing up I ran on our corporate team which consisted of a 25-person team (each doing a mile). My grandfather, Tom Lewis, was a huge supporter and encourager in the local running community. In 2015 Shelby (my brother) and I re-ignited the fire of getting our employees involved in the Hogeye. It has been rewarding and fun to encourage others and bring back the Lewis Line team that my grandfather once started.
What makes it special? How many times have you run part of the Hogeye?
Back in my childhood years, I ran the 1-mile relay with our company. That continued until the mid 90’s. In 2015 I ran my first relay at Hogeye, 7.2 miles. In 2016 I ran my first marathon at Hogeye, and enjoyed it enough to run the marathon again in 2017 and 2018. This year I get the opportunity to be a pacer for the 3:45 marathon group.
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