Home State: Suitland Maryland, although I lived in Duluth Minnesota longer. Now I call San Antonio, Texas home.
BAR: When did I start running?
DL: The late 70’s early 80’s.
BAR: I’ve noticed that, though you participate in all of the running challenges we share on Facebook, you are a walker?
DL: I’ve always enjoyed walking, so when health issues and injuries ended my ability to run, I just switched to walking.
BAR: What motivates you?
DL: My biggest motivation is my health. I’ve been living without a pituitary since 1991 and dealing with worsening neurological issues, possible MS, since 2008. So, if bodies in motion tend to stay in motion, I’m afraid if I stop I’m doomed.
Longest Race: 50K Aug 2012
Hardest Course: The Decker 1/2 marathon in Austin, Texas–Monster Hills Hardest Race: Saturday & Sunday full marathons.
Favorite Race: 3M 1/2 Marathon in Austin, Texas during the month of Jan.
Favorite Course: The Decker 1/2 marathon. Even though it was horribly hilly I loved it.
Favorite Distance: The half marathon–long enough to be challenging, but still able to finish in less than 4 hrs.
Least favorite Distance: The marathon–6.5-7 hours is too long on my legs and feet. Walking PR’s: 5K–42:05 1/2 Marathon–3:04:00 Full Marathon–6:40:32.
BAR: We see you in pictures with a lot of other runners and walkers. Who inspires you?
DL: Where to start? First is my family. All of us race for Team Beef; including our granddaughters. My wife works 40hr weeks on her feet, but still gets out and logs 3+ miles in the evening with me, as well as a weekly long walk.
Our oldest son has completely turned his diabetes around, thru diet & exercise. In fact he is training for his first full ironman this fall. My youngest son balances work, time with his daughter, and still manages to run or bike regularly. I’m also a member of Team RWB & the I Ran Marathons family, whose many members I’d have a long way to go to match accomplishments with. And of course, there are all of you on team badass. On top of that I always try to live a life worthy of the sacrifices my fellow military members have made.
Bucket List: Grandma’s marathon in Duluth, Minnesota & the Disney World 1/2 marathon.
Favorite Shoes: Due to size 14 4E very flat feet, I wear clunky walking shoes, but my favorites are Brooks Addiction Walkers.
Other Gear: I either wear a hydration vest, or a fitletic quench belt depends on how I feel that day. I also use 2 trekking poles for stability; They’ve kept me off of my face more than once.
Apps/GPS: I’ve been using Map My Walk, but lately it has been really acting up. According to the app, my wife & I walked a 13 second mile the other day; not sure I believe that. I also use a Garmin hand held GPS unit. Not fancy but pretty accurate.