5 Questions with Dave Mackey and Magdalena Boulet - Page 2
Photo by Scott Markewitz
- Age: 44
- Hometown: Boulder, Colorado (by way of Cumberland Center, Maine)
- Occupation: Physician's Assistant
Ultrarunner Dave Mackey knows a thing or two about the trails. Beginning with the Mosquito Half Marathon in 1994 and the Breckenridge Crest Marathon a year later, Mackey’s race resume includes wins at many classic races including JFK 50, Way Too Cool 50K, Miwok 100K and American River 50M.
In 2011, he was named Ultrarunning Magazine’s Ultrarunner of the Year. In the last year, he won California’s prestigious Quad Dipsea (28.4 miles), beating his nearest competitor by nearly half an hour, and has posted top-10 finishes at the North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco 50M, Pikes Peak Marathon and Lake Sonoma 50M.
1. When did you first start running?
I guess that'd be in high school. I played soccer, then ran track my senior year of high school. In college I ran on the trails through the woods in Durham, New Hampshire, to stay in shape for soccer and that was my first dig at real trail running.
2. Did you ever dream that you would make running your career?
I have never made it a career and never will, but it is a serious hobby and I love doing it every day if I can. Most career runners actually spend more time recovering or relaxing or traveling, or writing and maintaining sponsorships than actually running, which is great. I just take all the other stuff outside of running itself and have a job and family like anyone else.
3. What's your training schedule look like?
I have an ultra at the end of June in the Dolomites, the Lavaredo Trail 120K race, which should be incredible. I'll ramp up a bit in two weeks but just do quality runs and no mega miles, which is more or less par for the course anyway. I'll run 60-70 miles per week in mid May until end of June, but all with vertical. 70 to 80 miles per week, all hills, is what I run typically.
4. How do you deal with injuries?
I've been so lucky about this. I really don't know why, but I do know that my HOKA One One footwear is a serious anti-injury prophylactic. Not just being the corporate shill here because I honestly believe the shoes make my recovery and injury resistance so much easier. I am so happy the trail-shoe industry is doing what HOKA has done with softer, bigger midsoles because so many more runners are injured less. It seems all my friends who are hurt or have stress fractures are those who still run in non-cushioned shoes. I think moderate mileage and sticking to running on dirt has helped. The last time I was really hurt was when I popped my ankle running through talus six years ago in the Flatirons. Luckily, that was short lived.
5. How do you maintain balance between running and family life?
I owe it all to my wife. Hands down.