Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tom's running Bio

Hello to all.  My name is Tom Lane.  I started running a little less than two years ago after a late night beverage induced loss of sanity.  A newly found lifelong friend / brother convinced me that we could run my first marathon together.   Honestly, I had not really considered running a marathon prior to that evening and running was really not something I had ever envisioned myself doing.  It wasn’t long however before my life was taking a completely different path.  With a whole lot of help from my favorite local running store, I was becoming a runner.  I ran my first marathon in October of 2009.  Eight marathons later, the Marine Corp Marathon (my 1st) continues to hold the top spot of my marathon experiences.  
About two weeks prior to the Marine Corp Marathon, I had heard about Jeff Genova’s attempt at the Western States Endurance Run.  He made it 99.1 miles of the 100.2 mile race before collapsing.  That effort and the idea of running  4 marathons back to back seemed like the ultimate challenge and even though I had not run my first marathon I was ready to start that Journey.   Soon after running the Marine Corp Marathon, I ran the Dallas White Rock Marathon, Athen’s Big Fork Trail Marathon and then the Arizona Rock and Roll Marathon.  In April of 2010, I got a once in a lifetime chance to run the Boston Marathon.  Five marathons in 6 months  proved to be a great learning experience and a great confidence builder.  Later that summer, I ran my first 50 mile race in South Dakota (Lean Horse 50).  A few weeks later another  50 mile race in Missouri (Katy Trail 50).  Finally, on October 9th and 10th I ran the Heartland 100.  What an awesome experience.
Since my 100 miler, I can’t think of a better way to spend my spare time than running.  I have run several  marathons, 50K’s, and other ultra races of different distances since October and see no end in sight.  My race schedule for this year is pretty aggressive with several  50K’s, 50 miler’s, and two 100’s.  Keep on running and I’ll see you on the trail!

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