“I have run most of my life on a small offshore Maine island where the main road is only two miles long. I estimate I have covered around 75,000 miles on that single piece of broken road. When you have absolutely no option of running a different or varied loop the only decision is whether you will run or not, and how far you will go. Running out on Great Cranberry Island made me at times feel like a caged lion and when I got out into the world to run a race it felt easy simply because I felt free”
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Good Morning Friends. I have had the great fortune of interviewing an incredible man with an incredible story. My blog is dedicated to being the place of inspiration and hope by sharing not only what’s happening in my life but sharing the stories of others who are doing amazing things you will be inspired, motivated and most importantly challenged to go out and live your best life! I don’t know if you are like me but I hate watching the news and hearing all of the negative stories…. I mean how often do they show something or someone in a positive light? Well that’s just what we are going to continue doing here so invite your friends to link up and follow us.
I see too many people sitting on the sidelines of life waiting for that great opportunity or the chance of a lifetime... seriously why are you/we sitting on the sidelines??? I feel like the majority of society seldom realizes that while they are waiting... they are missing the small opportunities to make a difference that surrounds us in our everyday lives. Gary Allen is hardly sitting on the sidelines. In fact if you want to catch up with him you might just have to join him while he's out for a run:) So my challenge to myself and community today is don't sit on the sidelines waiting for something to happen, our small actions could make all the difference in the world to someone and you may never know it. So don't sit around and wait for the BIG CHANCE because you never know... one of those small opportunities might turn into the next chance of a lifetime. Today I have a story I am super excited about sharing with you. I have been a social media follower of Gary Allen for a while and now I get a chance to introduce a role model of mine to YOU!!!
So sit back... enjoy your morning cup of coffee with me and read this amazing interview.
Who is Gary Allen?
Gary is the founder and race director for the highly acclaimed Mount Desert Island Marathon, the Maine edge said, "It took one guy with a crazy idea to start an event that is making a positive difference for Mount Desert Island and the entire state of Maine." He is one of a very exclusive group who have recorded sub 3 hour marathons in five consecutive decades. He has run over 100,000 lifetime miles. He is ranked near the top of the list for the longest time span between first and last sub 3 hour marathons. For the past 8 years (soon to be 9!) he has started his year by running the fabled Boston Marathon route on New Years morning just for fun! Gary has competed in 20 editions of the Boston Marathon and in 14 New York City Marathons, his personal bests on these demanding courses are 2:40:04 and 2:39:20 respectively. The 1968 winner of the Boston Marathon, Amby Burfoot called Gary The Master of the Marathon. His profile was recently featured in Maine Magazine. He has competed in 86 career marathons, finishing 65 of them under 3 hours. Gary has also run in 5 Ultra marathons. (distances greater than 26.2 miles.) Gary's running has been featured in numerous news reports over the years as seen here and here. FAB running interviewed Gary here. He is a co-founder of Crow Athletics running club which now has members all over the USA and abroad. He is the founder and co-director of the Great Cranberry Island Ultra Marathon, named the 'Best Race Ever' by Runner's World Magazine. This event will host the US National Ultra Marathon Championships in 2013. Gary is an accomplished motivational speaker and coach, his families roots date back to the first settlers on a smalll offshore Maine island.
Joanna: If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?
Joanna: Obviously you are a distance runner? Can you tell us how you got into running, your journey to becoming a distance runner?
Gary: I started running at age 13. I grew up on a small offshore Maine (USA) island and there were not enough kids for traditional team sports so running was a natural fit.
Joanna: You just completed an amazing journey from Maine to DC, can you tell us about what inspired you to do it?
Gary: I started at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, which is the first place in the USA to see the morning sun, and ran all the way to Washington DC, arriving there as planned on the day President Obama was inaugurated. The total distance was 705.2 miles. I completed this run in 2 weeks from Jan 7-21
Joanna: What do you want people to remember you for in years to come?
Gary: That I was a dreamer.
Joanna: What advice do you have for runners looking to improve in distance, speed, form?
Joanna: What services do you offer that can I share with my readers?
Gary: I am becoming a sought after motivational speaker and have been invited to speak at running and civic events and I have recently been honored to have been asked to speak at a college commencement ceremony. I also coach a small group of dedicated athletes. Besides helping them reach their goals my hope is to instill in them my love for running.
Joanna:As you can see Gary has done some incredible things. He is making the very most of his life and living it in such a way that we can all be inspired to go after our dreams and goals and be the positive role model our world so desperately needs. I love how he describes being consistent as a runner. We can use this advice and apply it to all areas of our lives. When we consistently take good care of our health, take action towards our dreams and goals and working hard... things begin to change in our lives and untimely we get better and better. I hope you have enjoyed reading this interview and I encourage you to go connect with Gary and of course thro on your shoes and go pound some pavement today!!! Your guys all rock!!! Have an Awesome day:)
I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!
So Here's How can YOU get in touch with GARY?
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday.
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