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Tribesports User of the Week: Peter M

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Posted by Peter M under Running, Baseball on 7 February 2013 at 12:00 AM

Peter M User of the WeekYou say your big Challenge for 2013 is tackling that infamous 26.2 miles - have you signed up for a marathon yet?

Not just yet. Before I settle on a race, I have to iron out work travel, sports schedules and personal travel too (planning a trip to Scotland this summer!).  But I am keying in on either the Indianapolis Marathon or the Indianapolis Monumental, which are both in the Fall.  I ran half marathons at both venues before.

Which would be your dream race to run?

Since I grew up in New York state, I would say running the streets of Manhattan in the NYC Marathon would be my dream race.  It's an amazing city with incredible energy and I definitely would feed off of that.

What made you first get into running? You've clocked up some very impressive mileage here on TS!

Thanks for noticing! I started the C25K (Couch to 5k) program approximately 6 years ago, listening to podcasts and sticking with it, I discovered that distance running was the first exercise that whittled away my midsection.  My weight, which topped at 240 lbs, was melting off and I had to buy new, smaller clothes. A friend, who is an avid runner, shared a few tips with me and suggested I commit myself to a race. I’ve been hooked ever since! Running is as much as part of my life as eating, sleeping, working, etc. Today, I’ve settled in at 197 lbs.

Love your medal collection - which one are you most proud of?

Medal collection

Thanks again  -they are all special and have their own stories behind them. Some of the medals were for races and stair climbs, raising money and awareness for some very worthy causes, but I have to say, I’m most proud of my last half marathon medal from back in November, 2012.  That one sticks out because I had specific objectives I wanted to achieve, I followed plans to achieve those objectives and I blew them out of the water!

I ran a half in May of last year and it was not my best effort. I decided that I would focus more attention on the next race, including losing an additional 10-12 lbs for speed and shoot for a sub 2-hour time (my previous best was 2:08)  I was smart about food choices, followed a solid running plan and it translated into improving my PB by 12 minutes to 1:56. Booyah!

Medal collection

As a baseball coach, how important do you think grassroots sports development is?

I think many grassroots activities, not just sports, are valuable on several levels. At its core, they are based in community and can bring disparate people together.  Additionally, like school, it can be a framework for kids to develop their skills of collaboration, teamwork, compromise, persistence, sportsmanship and humility.  It also provides opportunities where children can see their parents and other adults give of their time and hopefully children will, in time, model that behavior of volunteerism and service.

Do you ever have trouble separating 'dad' from 'coach'?

Yes. My expectations for my two boys are too high sometimes.  There are definitely times I have to check myself and remember that they are only 9 and 7. I’m aware that area needs improvement and I’m working on it - maybe someone can create a Challenge for that!

Kid's baseball team

After a big workout, how do you treat yourself?

I can’t say that I splurge or treat myself with anything special after a monster run or workout. Usually, I’m logging on to Tribesports to update Challenges or Facebook or Runkeeper.  I’m as addicted to technology as I am running!

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Where do I start? So many legends to name, so I apologize in advance to anyone I’m leaving off. But these souls are an inspiring, encouraging, caring, strong, and funny group--I’m so lucky to know them inside and some outside of TS.

@harlequin @mariag1 @chasingadream7 @helenh2 @archieh @nicholad @shawn1340  @kaplaneran @pronsiasm @logie1963 @annad @gemboms @sorinp @cindyliuhoo @shelenova @lisamac @ckettman @2662jrb2 @amyoutdoors @paris1933 @belladaniella @lisab14 @faykelly @jgogets @shropshire @vaunette @jenrasnake @loraleec @tychoh @jessem @tuvaurat @joebailey00 @hidekiS @pault040264 @sherih @lucyk @goddess82 @cmlowe2010 @lorainr @corjliza @carolann @candidab

What's your favourite quote?

Peter M runs a half marathon and celebrates with his kids

If you could indulge me and allow two. One is short and the second is a brief excerpt from a speech.

“七転び八起き” nana korobi ya oki or “Fall down seven times, get up eight”:  This epitomizes many of whom I mentioned above. I’m in awe of their strength, courage and even sense of humor in difficult times.

The following passage is in my bio and is a bit more applicable to me - it comes from Jimmy Valvano, former men’s college basketball coach, who passed away from cancer in 1993.

"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." 

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