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.

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Why do you run, Thelma Fitzgerald?

About Thelma

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 remember the morning Thelma turned up to run with MRC. It didn’t take more than one word from her for me to work out she came from Ireland, like myself.

Thelma trained with us when we were preparing for the Tobacco Marathon, even though she only planned to run the half. She would turn up for training runs, intending only to run 8-9 miles, and run 18 with the group. 🙂

When are you running a marathon, Thelma?!

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I’m taking off my boot and streaking!

Have you ever participated in a run streak? I haven’t, but that is changing from tomorrow. Along with my wife, Liz, a load of my running friends, and of course my BibRave family, I will be running at least one mile every day in May!

We want YOU to join us! All you need to do is log your run (or walk) on Strava and join the BibRave Run Club Strava group. Get YOUR friends involved too for some local support! I know it’s generating quite a bit of excitement among my running buddies.

I’m soooo looking forward to it to be honest, and a little nervous at the same time. I just got out of my aircast boot at the weekend. I had to wear it for 30 days to allow my peroneal tendon to heal after injuring it while training.

I’ll be taking it real easy starting out, to ensure I don’t end up back in the boot. My eventual aim is to get back to my regular 22-25 miles a week.

The most consecutive days I’ve ran without a break is around 8-9, so this will definitely be a challenge, but it couldn’t have come along at a better time.

So, are you in? If you post your runs to Instagram or Twitter also, you can use the tags #StravaRun and #BibChat.

Why do you run, AJ?

About AJ

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.

AJ has been running with our run club (MRC) for a couple of years now. He never runs without his headphones, even on more relaxed training runs. It always takes a few roars from fellow runners to get his attention.

I remember when AJ started running with us, his wife had given birth only a few weeks before. We often remarked he was either trying to dodge baby duty, or the baby was waking him early enough to join us.

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Why do you run, Ashita Banerjee?

About Ashita

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 met Ashita when she started running with Morrisville Run Club. She fitted right in with the group and took her running very seriously, and we watched her break many PRs. One of the most memorable was back in October at Bull City Race Fest.

Since then Ashita has moved to Europe with her family. I know the group really misses her physical presence and encouragement. However, with today’s communication tools, like WhatsApp, sometimes it’s like she never left. There has been many a virtual run, virtual prodding and accountability in the months she has been gone.

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Why do you run, Ian McCullough?

About Ian

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’m so excited to introduce you to Ian. This guy is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to running. I’ve known Ian for many years, and we even ran together in Ireland for a time. Those were some of my first experiences running. However, back then I would never have considered myself a runner.

Since moving to the US, I don’t see Ian much in person, but I follow him on Strava and the man never stops moving. He’s either running, hill walking, skiing or cycling somewhere across Ireland and central Europe.

As I often say to Liz, “I want to be like Ian when I grow up…”. I hope to be still running and enjoying the outdoors as long as him. Thanks for your story, Ian!

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Why I’m Missing Out On The 2019 Tar Heel 10 Miler

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Tar Heel 10 Miler & Fleet Feet Sports 4 Miler as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I was really looking forward to this race.

I don’t care that rain and thunderstorms are forecast. I’ve never had to bow out of a race before. It sucks to be sitting here writing this blog post in my AirCast boot.

In 2018 I volunteered to help at one of the aid stations. It was a great experience, watching all the runners going past. Seeing the spread of runners was amazing to me — from the leaders of the pack to those running very happily along at the back. The atmosphere was so good and I was so excited when the opportunity came along to run it for BibRave in 2019.

But I’m injured.

I had to go and get injured about 7 weeks before my marathon in March, and then continue to train and run the marathon with the injury. I’d put quite a bit of effort in to that point and didn’t want to quit.

I’m not sure I recommend this approach. When I did eventually visit the doctor, about a week after the marathon, I was diagnosed with Peroneal Tendonitis in my right foot. Fortunately it was not a fracture, or something like the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis. My peroneal tendon should recover 100%, as long as I can wear the boot for 30 days.

Back To The Race.

I have friends running it, and other friends that are volunteering, and post-injury I had planned to be there as well, just to take photos and provide support, but I can’t get my boot wet. 😦

So I will be at home, wishing I were caught up in the buzz, running 10 miles through the streets of Chapel Hill, conquering Laurel Hill at mile 8, and rolling into the finish with a smile on my face.

Next year. I will be there, next year.

Let’s hear from You.

If you ran the race this year, do let us know your thoughts by writing a review on bibrave.com. Did you run the 4 miler, the 10 miler, or the DOUBLE?!