Sarah Lavender Smith April 11, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Rickey Gates on Trail Running, Traveling and Living the Dream - Page 4


When you’re not traveling or running, how do you spend your days?
I spend my time reading and writing, exploring the city. I spend a lot of time at coffee shops, biking around town, etc. In other words, not whole lot, but I enjoy it.

How do you afford that lifestyle?
I normally do restaurant work through the winters to stay afloat but decided against it this year in to allow more time for writing and training. Not having a job to fall back on forces me to focus my energy on that which is really important to me. Combine that with a modest lifestyle, race winnings and a supportive sponsor, and I manage to stay afloat.

Who has inspired you, and how?
I have always used myself as my main source of inspiration. I don't mean that to sound self-conceited, but at the end of the day, I'm the only one that I really report to. I'm the only one that really knows if I put in 100 percent. I am the only one I truly can't get away with lying to. Finding inspiration in others is important, but at a certain point you need to look inside yourself.

Are you in a relationship now? Any plans to settle down?
That's my personal life. Sorry.

You'll turn 31 in May. How do you answer the question that looms large for a lot of people when they turn 30, "What do you want to do with your life?"
I have been living a dream for 10 years, traveling, running, meeting wonderful people. Wonderful experiences. This is what I want to do with my life: keep living the dream. I have tried hard to live by the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow,” which can be a little frightening at times, but it keeps a smile on my face.

Sarah Lavender Smith blogs about trail running and travel at TheRunnersTrip.com. You might spot her on the trails around the San Francisco Bay Area, getting ready for the Miwok 100K.


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