Why do you run, Dillon Partin?

About Dillon

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I knew Dillon before I even started running, and before I knew that he was a runner.

We used to play in a band together now and again. He is a phenomenal bass player and you should definitely catch him live, in one of the many bands he plays in! I always loved the chance to make music with him.

I think one of the first events I bumped into him was the Race Across Durham. Turns out we both love trail running. Since then we’ve met at several different races.

Why did you start running?

I began running a few years ago after my daughter Tori ran the Disney Half Marathon. I was so impressed with her commitment that soon after she challenged me to run the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh and I was hooked. The crazy thing is my wife Kristine had run 5 full marathons and countless other road races but I was content to watch from the sidelines until Tori caught the bug.

What keeps you motivated?

I am motivated to run for physical and mental health. The older I get the more examples I see of the preciousness of time. Running is time well spent. Even on the tough days.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

Running has taught me that what I might not be capable of today is not necessarily true for tomorrow.

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

If I could not run I would like to get more into cycling. Not a fan of riding on roads with traffic but I love our local bike paths.

What’s your biggest running goal?

Biggest Running goal is to knock out a 50 mile trail run in a couple years to celebrate turning 50.


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