Athlete Profile: Duane Zitta

2019-03-16T21:46:22+00:00 March 16th, 2019|HRL Athletes|

Tell us a little about yourself…

I was born in Michigan in a town just north of Detroit where I spent all of my childhood.  September 11th attacks happened while I was attending college, I felt compelled to do something so I left college and joined the Coast Guard (yes I still graduated).  I have served my country proudly over the last 15 years in the United States Coast Guard.  Endurance sports have always been an outlet for me and something I enjoy very much.  Combining my passion for challenges and giving back to my fellow service members families who made the ultimate sacrifice is my drive.  I compete in a myriad of endurance events throughout the year raising money for the Coast Guard Foundation-Fallen Heroes Fund.  As a father and husband it is also greatly important to me to inspire my family and show them they can do anything in life, they are my biggest fans!

How long have you been running?

Most of my life.

Please list your favorite races and PRs

My favorite races are the ones that make me take a deep look within myself. I like to see how far my mind and body can go

What are your 2019 Racing plans and running goals?

After a very long 2018 competing in the entire HURT Trail Series including the HURT 100 I am taking 2019 light. I will be running from sea to the summit of Mauna Kea 42 miles/13,800ft to raise money for the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Fund. IRONMAN Hawaii 70.3

Any “bucket list” races?

I have several bucket list “RUNS” first one that comes to mind that I have planned for 2020 is R2R2R at the Grand Canyon.

What is your average weekly mileage?

50-80 depending on what’s on the horizon

What is your favorite workout?

Any workout that challenges me, I secretly enjoy deathly long hill repeats in large quantities.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods

Oatmeal-Banana/IPAs

What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?

HOKA Speedgoats/Skratch Hydration

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

Battling Paul Terranova during the 2019 HURT100 the last 2 miles to the finish.

Describe your running before HRL and after

Running before HRL I was constantly in the grey/red zone always kicking my own ass, oh and I had never run on a trail or up a hill. After HRL I am healthy well rounded runner who is efficient on flat or mountainous roads and trails.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

Michael provides not only structured weekly plans tailored to future goals, he also provides sounds advice while periodically checking in on me.

Anything else that you would like to add?

If you have never had a coach in your life I highly recommend giving it a try, it will change the way you run forever.

IG:@coastguardrunner