Web/blog address: www.dougcassaro.com
1. What was your running “light bulb” moment? How did you get started and when?
My running light bulb was when I was tipping the scales at 210 pounds in 2006. I was way out of shape and knew that I could either continue down a path of laziness or do something about it. So, I started running and it changed my life forever.
2. What distance are you looking to tackle or have tackled recently?
I’m currently training for my first 100 miler that is at the end of March.
3. What has been your biggest challenge in your journey? What (or who) has been your biggest motivator?
Tuning out my mind (the part that tells you to STOP!!!) on long runs. We are always capable of doing more than we think is possible. Proving your mind wrong is pretty badass. The biggest motivator in my life is my dad. He passed away when I was 12 and I connected with him in a very special way once I started running. I carry him in my heart every time I run.
4. What do you seek to accomplish through running?
To inspire others to test their limits. We possess many dormant strengths that only awaken when we go to a place we thought wasn’t possible.
5. Time to motivate! What’s your advice to beginning runners?
Be your own runner. If you seek out running advice from a friend and/or coach, don’t get deterred if their suggestions don’t work for you. Every runner is different and what works for some may not work for others. Be patient and build your mileage slowly. Set tangible goals and track your progress. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the journey!
6. What’s your advice for seasoned runners?
Keep running fresh. If you’re a road warrior, give the trails a go. Mix up your racing distances. Ditch the Garmin on some runs. Test yourself. Be a little rebellious!
7. Tell readers one thing about you that we don’t already know (doesn’t have to be running related):
I have my pilot’s license.
8. Time for the spotlight! Let’s hear about your proudest running (or exercise related) moment.
Finishing my first 5K. The feeling of self-satisfaction was overwhelming. From then on, I was hooked!