Athlete Profile: Mark McKeague

2017-02-06T14:51:38+00:00 February 6th, 2017|HRL Athletes|

Tell us a little about yourself…

Married, father of two adult children.  The “kids” still live with us, along with a new son-in-law and two nephews (NOT “empty nesters”).  Born and raised in Hawaii (Kalaheo High School, University of Hawaii), but also lived many years on the west coast.  Small business owner.

How long have you been running?

Started running just over 3 years ago.

Please list your favorite races and PR’s

2016 Peacock Ass Kicker – 13:45:17

2015 Auckland Marathon – 4:11:58

What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?

Racing the Hapalua Half Marathon, the HURT Quad Crusher, and HURT Run With The Pigs, but my goal race this year is the Squamish 50 up in British Columbia in August.

Any “bucket list” races?

HURT 100 and to run the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim someday.

What is your average weekly mileage?

Depending on where I’m at in my training, 35-55 miles.  Hope to push that up this year if my body can handle it

What is your favorite workout?

Pali Lookout repeats.  Very long steady uphill.  Push the ups, easy down.  Not exactly sure if I love it the most or hate it the most.

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods

Coffee before.  Musubis during ultras.  Eggs, Sausage, Hash browns and Bourbon after

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

Garmin 235 running watch.  Has the heartrate monitor in the wrist (no more chest strap!), and auto uploads all runs to Garmin Connect & Strava.  I’m a data junky (my own and other runners!).

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

Finishing the Peacock Ass Kicker 55 miler (really it was 56.5).  The sense of accomplishment, exhaustion, and euphoria is indescribable.

Describe your running before HRL and after

I used to run with a running group.  I really enjoyed it but it didn’t always fit my schedule and required quite a bit more time commitment (it was in Honolulu).  Michael’s running plans are completely tailored to my goals and I can run workouts whenever, wherever I choose.  Weekdays I run after work and am typically done before 6:30.  Weekend mornings I start as early as I feel like and am often home again before anyone else in the house wakes up.

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

I like to run on my own.  The drawback of that is I have to remain self-motivated.  One of the benefits to working with a coach is that they create a plan for you, then basically watch and wait to see how you do.  I have to do it.  Michael is super encouraging, and always positive, but I know that if I skip a workout, he’ll know.  I’m not alone,  there’s support and accountability and that provides incentive to keep going.