NAME: Kevin Savage
MARITAL STATUS: Single
RUNNING HISTORY: I ran cross country and track in high school, then took 20+ years off from running all together before picking it up again at age 40. I did a few 5Ks before a friend suggested that I could run a half marathon, something I had never done before. After joining GRR in Aug. 2014, I went on to complete my first half marathon in Hartford later that year.
As a newbie to GRR, I did not know many people in the club – the members I met that day in Hartford were incredibly welcoming and supportive. It was then then that I caught the running bug and in 2015 I went on to run five more half marathons, several with GRR members.
WHY DO YOU RUN: For me, running presents the opportunity to enjoy being on the open road where I can allow my mind to wander for just a little bit, reflecting on where I’ve been and thinking about what’s ahead. It’s a place where I capture just a small moment in time to clear my head, catch up with my running crew or have some alone time after a long day.
Running allows me to enter a world where I can explore possibilities, push boundaries and attempt to be extraordinary in my own way. One of my favorite expressions that exemplifies this is “Running is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” That’s why I run.
NEXT RUNNING RACE/GOAL: My goal this year is to complete my first marathon, something I never believed I could do. I’ve been inspired by seeing friends at GRR achieve their personal best in races throughout the year and accomplish goals they set for themselves.
FANTASY RUNNING DESTINATION: Anywhere along the beach where I can see white sand for miles and listen to waves crashing against the shore – for me, that is running bliss.
FAVORITE ENERGY FOOD/DRINK: Gatorade is my “go to” drink, perhaps because it is available at so many race events. The fact that my daughter also likes Gatorade means we often have an ample supply at home.
FAVORITE MUSIC TO RUN TO: Believe it or not, I don’t listen to music when I run. I like using the time spent running with groups to catch up with friends as well as meet new people. I’ve connected with several GRR members at different events as well as met new people from other areas of the state when running with pace groups – we are fortunate to have such a great running community in town and the greater Hartford area.
FAVORITE NON-RUNNING ACTIVITIES: Golf is one of my favorite activities, although running seems to now be consuming the time I once had to hit the links. I hope to find a little more balance this year to allow myself time for running and golf, perhaps there is a way to combine them. J
TIPS FOR NEW RUNNERS: I recently saw a quote from Arthur Ashe that said “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” I am a big believer in starting where you are and taking the first step, ready or not. So don’t be afraid to get started, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain – be patient and recognize your gains will take time – find a support system, a running buddy or group who can help you along the way.
BY: Ed Ureta