Introduction by Steve Woo:
“I got to know Dave as he started showing up for our Tuesday social runs. Growing up in Switzerland with a bit of a Nordic skiing background, and my first impression was that of a solid runner and all around good guy. By that I mean he runs up near the front and it’s easy for him, and he’s nice and cordial to everyone. But then I see out him crushing the Broken Arrow VK and the Point Mariah Trail Marathon. Okay, more than just solid. I come to find he owns a marathon PR I can only dream of. And you would never know it. I barely was able to get it out of him as he was encouraging me during my recent marathon PR pursuits. That’s where the good guy thing holds up. He’s there to encourage and engage with everyone that comes out to run with us. Dedicated to the cause, he’s also a regular on the Wednesday speed workouts not just to participate but help others, acting as the fill in lead on occasion. A man of intelligence and quiet confidence, it’s something I appreciate and I’m sure many others do as well. He’s been a great presence to our runs and proud to have him as active member of our club. I’m sure there’s a lot more I can learn from and about Dave, and I know DPMR is going to be a better club because of him. Expect more great things out of him! (No pressure Dave!)”
Where are you from and where do you live now?
My family and I are proud to live in Truckee full-time. We’re originally from the Northeast and spent a bunch of time in Europe.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
My Dad had just celebrated his 40th birthday and wanted to get back to shape. I was eleven at the time. We ran two miles. He probably could have run much further, but he took it easy on me. Then the next year I joined our middle school track team and have been running ever since.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? If not racing, what motivates you?
I started off racing intermediate distances like 800m and 1600m. Like most boys, I was motivated by the competition, especially the final sprint. Now, I race mainly for the experience of being in the mountains and running on trails that differ from the daily grind.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
For me, a dream race is any race where I can spend all morning in the mountains and be back at the pool with my kids in the afternoon.
What was the best running advice you’ve received?
Eliminate or reduce all body movements that do not propel you forward.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy and favorite post-run meal or beverage?
My race hydration strategy leans heavily on a blend that is roughly 10% maple syrup and 90% water with a pinch of salt. Can you tell I came here from Vermont?
What was your favorite recent running experience?
The Bernina Ultraks 42km in Pontresina, Switzerland. You get to run across a glacier followed by a tough scramble up the glacial moraine.
What was your most challenging / character-building running experience?
Northern New England has a magical season when runners are chased by a cloud of horse flies. The flies cast a shadow on the ground, so you watch as they take turns diving for their next meal on your head, neck, shoulders, and arms. The really tough part is when you’ve been running for a few hours and are too tired to swat the flies.
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Oh man, it’s hard to choose. The pub-to-pub run complete with the 7:30am beer and epic views of Lake Tahoe was unforgettable. But, I also really enjoyed the Point Mariah 42km trail race. The camaraderie was great, and as I bonus I got to see what the trails looked like without 20 feet of snow on them. (I had worked the preceding winter at the Royal Gorge XC Ski Area.)
Favorite local trail?
The best trail is the one you can run every day from home. For me, that’s up Hawk’s Peak via True Grit.
Do you have a mental training technique, mantra, or similar that you rely on to combat the mentally trying times of a longer run?
I try to remember that running is supposed to be the most restorative part of the day from a mental health perspective.
Do you listen to audio while you run and if so, what have you been enjoying lately?
If I’m doing intervals, I’ll add to the pain by listening to a news podcast. Otherwise, it’s usually earbuds out.
Recovery technique(s) that you swear by?
Recovery day is a great opportunity to try a new sport or hobby.
Do you have a favorite piece of running gear (hydration system, shoe, clothing layer, sock, etc.)?
I’m a big fan of road running shoes that have built-in spikes made of steel carbide. They’re a great for those days in late fall or winter when you have to run in the dark and can’t really tell whether you’re on icy pavement until it’s too late to do anything about it.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
I love skiing: skate, classic, telemark, alpine, and ski touring. Every day on skis is a great day.