Runner of the month — January

Ken Cook


When and why did you start running?

Three years ago co-workers invited me to train for the SF Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon which sounded like a fun event. At first I couldn’t even run a full mile, so I set my goal to at least run/walk the race.

What inspires or motivates you to keep running?

The possibility of achieving a better time keeps me pressing on. Who doesn’t like to go for a run when you get to clear your mind, get all the physical benefits and you are with some pretty great people.

How many miles do you run each week and what’s your favorite workout?

25 miles a week has been my average weekly mileage. Speed work is not my favorite, but the results are evident almost immediately.

What’s your favorite race distance? And what was your most memorable race and tell us why. 

The half marathon challenges me and it is not the same mental struggle as the full. The Los Angeles Marathon was my first full. It was fun running past all the landmarks and the spectator support was incredible.

What running goals do you have for the future?

Breaking a 4 hour marathon time, then seeing where I can go from there. I’m still 25 minutes away from Boston Qualifying.

What do you like to do when you’re not running?

Plan for my next race. Actually, my week to week life revolves around my family and church. I enjoy traveling and seeing or hearing about different parts of the world.

What advice would you like to offer your fellow runners, especially the newer ones?

For new runners I would say don’t pressure yourself to achieve certain expectations. It’s about consistency and building the routine. The running community is super supportive of helping you achieve what is good for you. Don’t compare yourself with others; do what you can do. Also, don't listen to non-runners advice (your knees will be fine).


Thank you Ken for being a part of the WeRunSF family and for sharing your running wisdom with us!

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