Meet Steven K., one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Steven is an ultra runner who recently started running with Wearsafe while he's training in the dark or out exploring new trails. Learn more about his running routines, goals and his first hand review of Wearsafe's running safety device.
Where to find him:
Follow Steven on Instagram: @ultra_kel
Favorite song to run to?
I recently started listening to Podcasts more than music.
Run solo or with others?
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
About 8 years. It's how I relax. It's my time to really get lost in my thoughts or catch up with friends (depending if I'm solo or not).
"... We ran the Appalachian Trail!"
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
My first 100 miler. I tore my peroneal tendon a few weeks before the race and tore it in another place (same foot) around mile 48 of the race. I limpt across the finish line in 4th place (men's division) and raised over $1,000 for an SMA charity.
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
The John Holmes 50K. I was being chased by my good friend Winston, from start to finish. As far as ultras go, it was intense.
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
I have 3 x 100 milers and probably D100 miler in December (unless I find another race), an Iron Horse 100 miler February and an Umstead 100 miler April. The lottery opens September, so fingers crossed.
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
The Western States 100 miler. The company I work for (Altra) sponsors it. I've had the pleasure of running parts of it during the WS training camp. It has BIG hills. I live in Florida where we have NO hills, so it's certainly not going to be a "walk in the park". I'd also love to run Badwater 135 miler but that costs a lot to get a crew out there.
"Had a nice road run, here in VA..."
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
I'm a Hammer Nutrition athlete, so it's all Hammer. Pre-race: I make myself a 'Pep Bomb'. I can't give my secrets away, but it involves Perpetuem and Fully Charged...amongst other things. During the race: Perpetuem, Hammer gels, Hammer Raw bars and my not so secret weapon, BEER! It really helps. After: Recoverite (chocolate)...and usually a stout/porter.
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I'm a tech rep, so I visit accounts multiple times a day. Sometimes I see some running gear at an account and curiosity makes me buy it. I think it's important to buy from local Ma/Pa stores and not online.
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
Hmm, let me see. Altra!
"Kelly and I did our annual "Running of the Stairs", today..."
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
I listen to Ten Junk Miles and Ultra Runner Podcast. I don't really get the time to read blogs. I do follow a lot of runners on Instagram.
What are your running essentials?
Aftershokz, Wearsafe, Camelbak hydration vest, Caterpy Laces, Injinji socks, Buff, Shades, Phone, Nutrition, and Altra shoes.
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
I feel safer running when it's dark with Wearsafe, either really early or late at night (anything to beat the humidity).
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
Just wearing it makes you feel safer. Peace of mind is everything.
"Today's run included hiking and climbing... "
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
I clip it to my left shoulder on my hydration pack. By sticking to one location on my body, I'll never get confused about where it is.
What are your running goals for 2017?
Sub 20hr 100 miler (sub 18 would be even better).
Where do you look for fitspiration?
All over! Instagram, some Facebook running pages, Tumblr and also talking to staff and customers at my accounts.
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Before every race my wife tells me to "Give it your all and enjoy yourself". Such a simple sentence, but it sums it up in a nutshell. She knows first hand just how competitive I am and that she needs to remind me to enjoy the run.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
To beginners: Start off slow. Don't try running as fast as you can. Distance is more important than speed in the beginning. The speed will come with practice. It's ok to walk if you are feeling out of breath. Walk fast then run when you feel ready. Running with friends helps the time go quicker. Most specialty run stores have running groups for all fitness levels.
People getting back into running: Not much has changed while you were gone. Have fun and remember, running should be enjoyed not endured.