I run because…

Jeffrey’s update from home in Rochester, NY on National Running Day.

Greetings from Rochester, NY and Happy National Running Day! It definitely feels like June here in the Northeast– I’m still adjusting to the high humidity levels (albeit uncomfortable, it is good preparation for Daegu). After a weekend in Ottawa, where I paced 30K of the Marathon, I’m home visiting with family. It’s a nice abbreviated vacation from the Southwest– and a stark contrast to my last visit with Ali back in December for Christmas!

I am also excited to be visiting Rochester because this evening I have the opportunity to share my passion and experiences in the sport with my hometown running community. At 7:00PM tonight I will be speaking at Medved Running and Walking Outfitters on a variety of running-related topics, including: post-collegiate development, preparing for the marathon, altitude training and nutrition. Last year, I had the chance to meet Dan Medved at his longtime store-sponsored Medved Lilac 10K, and I’m very grateful to him for inviting me to visit with the running community in his store. Tonight’s event will be a great opportunity to discuss some of the many lessons that I have learned in the sport; I am also hoping it will be a way to express my gratitude to the supportive community that I grew up in!

Given that it is National Running Day, I think this is an appropriate time to reflect on the sport and its profound impact on our health and quality of living. I like the provocative question that we, as runners, are challenged to personally answer today: Why do you run? 

For me, in addition to having competitive aspirations, running has given me such a great model for personal development and growth. I enjoy the balance it provides me with, and it has been a great outlet for my energy. I enjoy being fit and active while participating in an activity that I hope to continue with my entire life. I also feel quite fortunate in the present to be able to pursue my passion as a careerpath. To quote MarathonGuide.com‘s philosophy: I Live2Run!

In this current running meditation, I also recall Coach Jack‘s adage that he offers his athletes: “The road traveled is certainly as important as is the destination because every day along the way is part of a person’s never-ending education.” And so I lace up my Brooks shoes each day and head out on a new road anxious to see where it might lead– enjoying the journey as opposed to thinking solely of the destination. To be more succinct:

Well thanks for reading; it’s time for me to head out for a run! –JDE

Starting out

Welcome to my site and blog, where I will be writing about living and training in Flagstaff, AZ. Thanks to my family, friends, coaches and sponsors for encouraging me to follow my own road through life.

Greetings from the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ and welcome to my new site! I will be using  this blog to chronicle my life and training up in Arizona’s high country, while hopefully sharing some insightful and poignant vignettes about being a 25-year-old vegan marathoner, living it up in every sense.

It was over a year ago when I filled up a backpack with training gear, clothes and a few other necessities and left Rochester, NY for Flagstaff. I came here to train for a marathon– confident but not without uncertainy– and experienced a total metamorphaisis as a result. I lived with very little and dreamed big; I trained hungry and surrounded myself with the positivity of other like-minded individuals. I had the privilege of connecting with a coaching luminary, whose expertise and mentorship helped me mature both as an athlete and as a person. It was through hard work, tenacity and a little bit of luck that I have been able to establish myself as a Flagstaff resident and a top US marathoner. It has been quite a journey so far, but I have only started down the road…

I’m going to see where this road takes me. That’s what I think to myself when I am out running somewhere unfamiliar, and that has become my personal mantra. And so I am excited to start recording this next chapter of my life in Flagstaff, preparing for the US Marathon Championships this Fall and sharing my experiences and meanderings along the way. 

In closing, I would like to thank those who have so faithfully supported my quixotic life and running aspirations over the years: my family, friends, coaches and sponsors. This blog is dedicated to you, and I hope you will find my running updates and random musings worth following. I will leave the comments section turned on and encourage you to leave me feedback. Also, please explore my other pages to see my recent racing results, competition schedule, multimedia collection and sponsors. If there are any ways I can improve this site, or if you have any other suggestions or comments, please send me an e-mail at jeffrey@jeffreyeggleston.com.

Thanks for reading; I’ll see you on the road! –JDE