Meet Jeff Pickett
Jeff Pickett, father of six and advocate for health, has a passion for running and fitness. He enjoys eating well, playing hard and laughing often. He shared a story of his Chicago Marathon race in the book, The Ultimate Runner. It is a great example of the funny things you see while racing.
We asked him to share more about himself and running to learn more about the man behind the story.
Why did you start running?
I started running about 10 years ago. I went one mile at a time and then in my first year got the marathon bug and just went for it. Let's say I finished and left plenty of margin to do better the next time.
Best running advice you ever received?
The best running advice I ever received was to breathe. Sounds simple, but it incorporates so much. Listening to music is one thing, but going au naturale and focusing on your breathing is a different experience altogether.
Running wisdom you wished you learned earlier in your running?
I wish I had discovered the world of Vibram Five Fingers or minimalist running sooner. As an overpronator, running heel to toe has caused me so many problems. Landing on the balls of my feet/midfoot in my VFF's has made running so much more enjoyable.
Favorite tip you pass along to runners?
Don't wear cotton t-shirts on long runs. Especially guys. Those chafed nipples are painful!
Most read/used running book?
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - a must read for everyone, non-runners, too!
Favorite running memory, run or race?
My favorite memory is the one I wrote on at the Chicago marathon - gotta read the book to hear more!
Your running dream?
My running dream is to complete one more marathon with my daughters one day.
What keeps you running?
My daughters are young - 3 and 5. I'm 42, so I run and stay active so that I can stay in shape and keep up with them. I want to savor life for as long as I can so that I can be around for them as long as possible.
How can runners contact you
My contact info is varied: blog: http://www.primalchat.com; @primalchat, Jeff Pickett on Facebook, email is firstname.lastname@example.org