Less than two years ago -- at a family Christmas gathering -- I was approached by my cousin's husband Paul.
"I want to train for a half marathon," he said.
Music to my ears. I responded with the usual questions ... What does your running look like now? Have you trained for races in the past?
He wasn't. He hadn't.
But I could tell he was serious about chasing this goal.
Since that conversation Paul hit the half marathon goal, ran a sub-four hour marathon, and is now just days away from attempting his first ultramarathon -- the Table Rock 50K.
In less than two years Paul has gone from barely being able to run a mile to training for his first ultramarathon.
Today's episode of Trail Talk is different. Instead of my standard quick tip, I've asked Paul to share his transformation to becoming a runner.
And the lessons, struggles, and achievements that came along the way.
Here's what we talk about in today's episode:
Continuing along with the season of speedier ultramarathons, this week we talk about finishing strong and fast during your next big race.
Finishing strong means running smart for the first half, and training well for a tough second half.
Both of which I discuss in today's episode: