For the Run of It

Local marathoners offer tips for beginners

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Marathon Man

Dave Barfield

Mickey Moore isn’t addicted to running. He can quit anytime — and does on Mondays and Fridays.

Mickey Moore on hitting his stride  

Mickey S. Moore, 46, pictured on the cover of this edition of Tallahassee Magazine, is the president of the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation and an elite marathoner — which is to say that he is an excellent manager of time. He created a few minutes to spend with Tallahassee Magazine editor Steve Bornhoft, and fielded a few questions about his passion for putting one foot in front of the other.

Personal Best Time in a Marathon: 2 hours, 57 minutes, 4 seconds

Running History:   I ran track in junior high, but I quit in high school because I wanted to play the cool sports — baseball and football. I didn’t run at all from 1989 to 2007, and when I started back, I could only run a mile or two.

Miles Run Each Week: Thirty-five to 45. I vary the intensity. I’ll do tempo runs, intervals and easy short and easy long runs. Mondays and Fridays are my off days.

Changes to Your Weekly Routine as You Approach a Race: I begin my taper three weeks out, scaling back my miles by 25 percent each week.

Your Diet: I run to eat and eat to run, but I avoid fast food and soft drinks entirely. For 30 days leading up to a race, I stay away from red meat and focus on lean proteins, vegetables and fruits.

Vices: Nobody is going to take my craft beer away from me. But hard liquor, I limit that to maybe two tailgates a year.

I wouldn’t be the same runner if it were not for … my running partners at the Gulf Winds Track Club and the community that I am a part of.

Many runners tend to overlook … the mental aspects of running. When you taper, you can experience pain, but that’s your body trying to heal. You need to understand what’s going on and work through that.

Shoes: I train in Saucony’s and go through three or four pairs of those a year. My race day shoe is the adidas adizero.

Advice for Beginners:  Get your gait down, get the right shoes for you and Google “running.”

Goals: I have run the New York and Chicago marathons in less than three hours. I’ve run the Boston Marathon twice, in 3:04 and 3:11. I’d like to run a sub-three Boston.

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