Kevin Mays, Bowling Green, KY
Kevin started running at age 47 when he was over weight. He said his first running event was painful and embarrassing but changed him. Eventually he realized that running could free him to be healthier, have more energy and just be a better overall person – and it didn’t matter if others were faster than him or not. He has since competed at every running distance from a 5k to the marathon, long distance cycling events and triathlons. His most recent endeavor was creating the White Squirrel Striders running club to introduce new people to running and healthy living.
Why Kevin likes Team Magic events: At my first Team Magic race in 2015 I was blown away by the attention to detail, resources, volunteers and overall atmosphere of the race. It was obvious to me that Team Magic makes every participant feel like they are racing in the pros!
Motivational Quote: "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday." And "Suck it up, Buttercup!"
2018 Race Schedule: Music City St. Patrick's Day 5k, Chattanooga Waterfront Tri, Music City Tri, Cedars of Lebanon Tri, Alabama Coastal Tri, Mt. Juliet 5k and maybe all the other events on the Team Magic caledar!
Connect with Kevin: @SquirrelStrider and Facebook as Kevin Mays
4 Ways to Stay Motivated – by Kevin Mays
As I write this, the sun is shining and the temps have warmed some, but I’m not fooled by the twisted sense of Mother Nature’s humor. I know that there are still many days of winter left before triathlon season kicks back into gear, so there’s still off-season work to be done.
Confession time, I get bored easily! There’s no way I’m going to spend hours on the treadmill or the bike trainer, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter workouts that help keep me motivated . . . and sane!
Hit the Trails. I love spending time in the woods, so it seemed a natural fit to combine running with the outdoors and take up trail running. The running is considerably different on trails than roads, so don’t expect to go out at the same pace or distance than you normally run. The mechanics, however, provide a fantastic workout in a short length of time. For added fun, bring along a mountain bike and get some pedaling in as well!
Get Wet. Most communities have some sort of inside pool facilities, so don’t skip out on practicing laps just because it’s winter. You can also find local USA Masters Swimming facilities at https://www.usms.org/. You’ll have to pay some registration fees, but they come with coaches who can help you improve your strokes and form.
Lift Weights. One of our biggest errors, as runners and triathletes, is to focus solely on our road or pool work but not our muscles. Jason Fitzgerald, a USATF-certified running coach, says weight training helps runners to prevent injuries, run faster and improve overall economy (Runner’s World, January 2018). We’re not talking about going all Arnold Schwarzenneger . . . all it takes is 30 minutes, 2 to 3 days a week. My favorite is the StrongLifts 5x5 Workout (https://stronglifts.com/5x5/).
Run With Friends . . . or Squirrels! One of my favorite ways of staying true to my training program is to include weekly runs with my regular running group. Our White Squirrel Striders meet every Tuesday night for a challenging run, then celebrate afterwards with good beer and food. Look around in your community and I’ll bet you’ll find a similar group. If you’re ever in Bowling Green, KY on a Tuesday night . . . come run with us!