Monumental Runner – Mike Harlow

Name: Mike Harlow

Self-described age group: 65, over-the-hill geezer

Residence: Forest Hill, Md.

Occupation: (if applicable) Retired

Why I run: Lifestyle change when I turned 50. Used to be a two-pack-a-day smoker. Quit when I turned 50 and started running.

 

When did you get started running: 15 years ago when I turned 50.

Have you taken a break from running: Yes, two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate issues and cancer in my left kidney. Kidney was removed, cancer and prostate were treated. Was in a no-running mode for about six months.

Training shoe: Hoka, my go-to shoe ever since they came out.

Coach or training group: Run Farther and Faster; Julie Sapper and Lisa Reichmann are my coaches

The hardest race you’ve ever run: My first Marine Corps Marathon. I did everything wrong that race because I was so caught up in the excitement I forgot to do things like hydrating and taking energy gels. Let’s just say it didn’t end well…

 

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: To run at least two marathons every year and this year to start racing in a kilt. 

Running mentors: My daughter Jennifer and my coaches Julie and Lisa

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is: When I worked in Alexandria, I used to run from my office along the Potomac all the way to the D.C. line and back at lunch

Favorite local trail: The NCR Trail

My best race was: The Shamrock Marathon 2007 – my PR race

Favorite local race: Marine Corps Marathon

Ideal post-run meal: A big greasy cheeseburger with fries and a ice-cold large Sam Adams draft or two

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: Honey Stinger

Pet peeve: Cars disrespecting me when I’m running on the road shoulders

Goals: To keep running into my 80s

Your advice for a new runner: Get a coach/trainer

Favorite running book: Pre: The Story of America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine

Song in your head during a run: Without a doubt “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Have you dealt with a major injury: Torn both calves and one quad which required heavy PT, including dry needling

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner: Because there are so many liked-mind people on the street every day to meet, run with, make lifelong friendships with. Runners are some of the most caring people I have ever been around.

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