Started running in 9th grade with a880 time. Ran all summer, and in 10th grade ran mi., 2-mi., 11th grade ran . Started running over 100 miles per week senior year in high school. Ran , , (2-mi.), 31:05 10,000, and 42:07 8 mi. College: Eastern Mich. Univ. 1976 Mid American Conference Cross Country Champion, . 5,000 indoor.
Post College:'s 2-mile, 5,000
Bobby Crim 10 mi. 49:21,(13.1), and marathon. My mega mileage lowered all my times up to about 14 miles. Doug Kurtis and I were about even from 15K through the half marathon. In the 25k we were averaging per mile through around 14 miles.
Then, I always broke down tomiles while in a "hit the wall" state.
Back then, I struggled with not being able to runor better with runners who were running for 13.1. Benji Durden, Frank Shorter, and Doug Kurtis all said the same thing. They thought it was uncommon, but I didn't have the right slow twitch muscle composition and oxygen capacity for longer distances. I got away with using my strength with mega miles to work up to a half marathon. It took me at least two months to recover after a marathon, while Doug Kurtis was running sub 's sometimes on consecutive weekends. Doug and I ran in the same high school region in Michigan. I ran in college with his brother, Dennis.
I had no idea the density of runners around me when I started running in 1969. Within an hour north, Doug Brown, Greg Meyer later, Herb Lindsay, and less than one hour to the south, Sid Sink, Dave Wottle, and the famous 4 X 1 mile relay team. I was a poor student who was deaf and could not connect. I started running because my father had a heart attack at age 53 in 1969. I had no idea it would place me on a current into my future. I knew that was it and there was no turning back. It paid for my college education and meeting many great people. It was really hard work, but I loved running and the realization how blessed I was to have the opportunity to gain an education and life experience to influence those I teach.
Running has shaped my life, and continues to be a part of my life.