|Doug Schmenk, 2014|
Fair Oaks, CA
I had to estimate quite a few years because I didn’t always keep records, but I did run every year since my junior year in High School. I started running then because my football coach suggested I try another sport. I was only 5’2” at the time and weighed about 120 pounds. I weigh less than that now.
My best time in High School was a mile and in Junior College I got that down to . At California Fullerton State University Fullerton (CSUF) I didn’t improve my mile time but found I was better at longer distances, running the three mile in , six in 28:52 and a marathon in (Mission Bay).
Those times happened after I started running high mileage while at CSUF. One of my teammates told me Dave Bedford ran 200 miles/week and I decided to give it a try. For three years I maintained a better than 20 mile/day average, running 7,286 miles in 1971, 7,288 in 1972 and 8060 in 1973. My biggest month was December, 1973 when I ran 884 miles. I believe most of these miles were run in at least 6 min/mile or better pace. I especially remember one training run of 32 miles with Dave White and other CSUF runners. We passed the 26 mile mark in (measured by Dave’s VW).
After college my greatest accomplishment was winning the 1973 AAU (now USATF) National Marathon Championship race with a time of . I also won the Mission Bay/San Diego marathon two more times, running in 1973 and in 1974. I’m still running, but this year I cut my mileage down to 1,540. I’m having difficulty with arthritis in my foot but found by cutting back I can still put in the miles and train at a decent pace (about eight min/mile). Don’t want to stop running until I have to. I feel better when I’m running