New member Grant Sacks enjoys learning our local trails as he trains for his first marathon – the challenging Big Sur Trail Marathon. Grant is a regular at the Monday Night Trail Teaser.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
I never ran more than a few miles until age 25 (I did everything on my bike.) A marathon was always on my bucket list so I decided to train for one. I do not know why I never considered trail running at that point but I had a road marathon in my mind. First attempt – dislocated patella on last long training run. Second attempt – broken metatarsal on long training run. I stopped after that for some years. Then I found trail running, a new passion and most importantly knowledge and technique (thank you Chris Cloyd.) It’s more about nourishing the soul at this point but I intend to check the marathon off the list this September.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you?
Yes. I love the spirit of racing. It compels me to push past perceived limitations, but the real results exist in the race we have against ourselves. I am motivated more by the journey and less by the destination.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
Right now I just need a small win by completing a marathon to move me past my previous injuries. I hope that will get me excited about working on bigger conquests. I have been humbled by quality and number of talent in Tahoe. If it has taught me anything, it is that trail running is a long journey paved with very small bricks.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
I am experimenting at the moment – Sriracha tamales are a horrible idea for what it’s worth. Shot blox have been great but I’m not sure how that plays into a marathon distance strategy (can you tell I’m screaming “novice.”)
Probably another awful strategy, but an ice-cold Guinness can’t be beat for a post run beverage.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
Each time I have been shown a new trail this season (thank you Donner Party Mountain Runners.) There is so much great stuff out there.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
I lost my grandfather recently. It was incredibly difficult to watch a great man wither away. I had to realize that for all its sadness, great loss compels us to find gratitude where we could not see it before. That was a real gift for me.
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
Don’t die and don’t get injured (not in that order).
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I work at the Truckee Donner PUD. Yes, it is hard to find time to train but I fit it in wherever I can.
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Great, tight knit community who are there for the love of running.
Favorite local trail?
Waddle Ranch. I feel 1,000 miles from civilization when I am there. Good therapy.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
Mountain Biking, Snowboarding and Surfing.