Randy Wiinanen has passed 100,000 miles (and 150K bicycing)

Randy Wiinanen
Iron, Minnesota
DOB May 31, 1955

I passed the 100,000 mile mark, according to logbooks I have kept since I started running as an adult. As a youngster, I was not very athletic. I "ran" track one year as a high school freshman, and exhibited little talent or speed. Fast forward nine years. I started jogging to get into better shape for hiking, bicycling, crosscountry skiing, and kayaking. One year after running that first mile, I entered a roadrace on a lark. I ran the first mile in 5.08, and eventually finished 7th overall (out of 200 runners). This exceeded my expectations by 1000%, and sparked my interest in running seriously.  On June 19, 1982, a bit over two years after running that first mile,  I ran my first marathon in 2:30.08, and in 1985, in my third marathon, ran my pr of 2:23.38.  Most of my roadracing has been in northeastern Minnesota,  except when I was in the Army, and raced in Texas, California, and Germany.  I was an iron ore miner for 30 years, doing shiftwork, including 3 out of 4 weekends,  many of my races were before or after work.  I raced locally, or not at all.
     I passed the 150,000 mile mark cycling in May, 2014.  I've always used cycling for crosstraining, or alternate workouts during sickness or injury.  I might have reached 100,000 miles running earlier if had spent that time running, instead of cycling, or, more likely,  ruined my legs trying to run when I shouldn't.