Runner of the month – May
We all have goals and some are much easier to accomplish if you have people around you with similar interests. We talked with WeRunSF runner John Wu on how to get started with running and what inspires him the most.
When did you start running?
"I started running four years ago when I was a sophomore in school."
What inspired you to start running?
"My friends, including WeRunSF =). Running 10+ miles isn't something I can do by myself. It's always easier to train with a group than individually. We talk about training schedule, weekend plans and help each other go through each step in this wonderful journey."
How many miles per week do you run and are there any special workouts that you do?
"I usually run 10 to 16 miles every week. I spend the majority of my active time hiking and in the gym for resistance training. Running is my weekly conditional workout, if I am not preparing for a race. Now that I'm preparing for the SF half marathon, I do have a different schedule that I run about 10 to 25 miles every week in May.
I do at least one day legs training in gym so I have better support from my quads when I run :D"
What’s your goal for this year?
"Sub 100 minutes for half marathon! I finished my last half marathon last year in 150 minutes so this will be a big challenge for me."
What do you like to do when you are not running?
"Oh man, countless things to do! I love hiking with friends & family and conquering the nature in California; I also love singing and have my own home studio (my neighbors, however, might not like this setup); I'm currently teaching myself guitar; I am also a 100% fan of beef steak and know 100 ways to cook a steak! =P"
Who is your biggest inspiration?
"Everyone in WeRunSF. I've been training with WeRunSF for four times and never did I feel this kind of energy and support from a team before! It's also the first running club I joined and I <3 it!"
What advice would you give to people who are just starting out with running?
"1) Spend time with your body. Expect a little progress every time and believe that if you keep up with training you will make big difference in the long-term.
2) Grab your friends to train with you and have fun together! Also, join WeRunSF =)"
Thank you John for this interview and we wish you happy trails and hope to see you at our next events.
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