Mike Benge July 02, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 508

Some Like It Hot - Page 4

Q: How are your training weeks when you are working the seven days on?

My weeks start and end on Wednesdays, which allows me to be back on a normal schedule come race weekends. Training-wise, the weeks I'm working are challenging. I get off work at 7 a.m., am in bed by 8 then wake up about 4 p.m. I take an hour or so to relax, drink some coffee, read the paper then get the days work done. My milage drops slightly during work weeks but it's still close to 80 miles. I ease on the intensity though. I've been doing it for over a decade now, so have found a routine that works.

Q: Do you train or do races with Christina?
Occasionally, but I think we'd both agree it's not the best thing for our marriage!

Q: How do you compare the experience of a solo FKT to a big-race like WS100?

Both are incredibly special. A solo FKT is a much more personal and intimate experience. WS100 was incredible for the energy and excitement you're surrounded by, not just during the race itself but for the several days surrounding the race. I feel so fortunate to have experienced both.

Q: Goals for the rest of the year and beyond?

I tend not to plan too far ahead so have nothing on the calendar. I'll take some time to relax and recover from WS—the river has been beckoning me for some fly fishing—then see where I'm at mentally and physically.

Q: Interests outside of running?

I learned how to flyfish and rock climb during my time away from running. I fell in love with both and cherish any opportunity I get to be on the river or rock.

Q: Any lifestyle focuses?

I eat a mostly vegetarian and organic diet and am always trying to reduce my footprint.

Q: So, with you Grand Canyon and WS100 accomplishments, it appears you like to run in the heat …

Ha! I certainly don't like running in the heat, but come race day, it is what it is. I feel it's an equal playing field and the smarter runner will have the better chance of performing well. Heat management goes a long way.

Q: How has your foot injury/surgery affected your approach?

I'm much less willing to take the risks I once did in training and racing. It has resulted in two years of injury-free running and racing, and I enjoy it more than ever. Sometimes it takes the difficult times to truly appreciate the opportunities we have.


(This article was originally paired with a giveaway of HOKA shoes. The contest has already passed. Thanks to all who participated.)


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