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Athlete Profile: Christopher Salas

2020-03-27T12:38:12+00:00 March 27th, 2020|HRL Athletes|

Tell us a little about yourself…
Runner by day, bartender by night. I toe the line with keeping an active and healthy lifestyle while working late and closing my bar. My passion started with biking and seeing how far I could push myself on the bike either with distance, climbing, or time/speed. It evolved into running and HRL has helped me achieve more than I literally ever thought was possible. Now I am training for a full ironman with the hopes of making it to the World Championship in Kona sometime.

How long have you been running?
On and off for about 5 years, but the last 2+ years I’ve been consistent and seen the greatest results.

Please list your favorite races and PR’s
Great Aloha Run 53:23 (It was my first real race and I always look forward to it).
Honolulu Marathon 3:07:24 (Big race at the end of the year and I always get to see how much faster I’ve gotten)

What are your 2020 Racing plans and running goals?
Full Ironman and hopefully sub 3 marathon.

Any “bucket list” races?
World Championship Ironman in Kona.

What is your average weekly mileage?
20-30 depending on how much time I spend on the bike.

What is your favorite workout?
Hill runs; work hard going up and run fast going down.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods
Skratch Labs Hydration or Recovery. After big races I always crave mashed potatoes, I don’t know why.

What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?
Either my Lululemon Surge Shorts since I haven’t found a pair that feel better yet or my Apple AirPods because I am always listening to either an audiobook, podcast, or music.

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?
“You don’t go to the start line because you’re ready. You go because it’s time” -Phil Gaimon This quote is zen for me on race morning when I am feeling a little stressed or just not ready. It helps calm me down and get focused.

Describe your running before HRL and after. How have you improved and which PR’s have dropped?
Before HRL, I’d run every now and then. Some months would be good, but I looked back and there was one month that I didn’t run or bike once. HRL helped me stay consistent and now I really can’t imagine going so long without running or biking. I’ve ran a sub 20 5k which was a big goal for me and I’ve average taking 2 minutes a month off my marathon time since I started with HRL. I’m hoping to break sub 3 for my marathon this year.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?
My work schedule is not regular or normal and coach is always willing to help me roll with my random schedule. Coach offers great advice and helps keep me accountable.

Do you have an Instagram/twitter handle that you would like us to include with your profile?
Instagram @malasalas