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Meet the Man Behind The Photo: Brad Presner

Every runner has a story.  Some choose to share them in words and others choose to share insights to Book cover running through photos.  Brad is one of the photographers whose work is included in the book, The Ultimate Runner.

We asked Brad to tell us a little bit about the man behind the camera.

Why did you start running?
I was fresh out of college and feeling really imbalanced in life, having just started working my first full time job. I wasn't getting nearly enough outdoor time or exercise and it was negatively impacting me. A co-worker of mine had done a couple of marathons with Team in Training, and convinced me that running a marathon was doable for someone like me who had never run more than 4 miles. So, I signed up, and in December, 1998 (after a couple of minor bouts with IT Band issues), I crossed the finish line at the Honolulu Marathon.

Best running advice you ever received?
"Go out hard, die like a pig." (my Team in Training Coach on the eve of my first marathon)

Running wisdom you wished you learned earlier in your running?
Running may be the worst enemy to one's yoga practice, but yoga is the best friend of a an avid runner.

Favorite tip you pass along to runners?
There's always someone faster and slower than you. So just go out, have fun, and don't worry about where you finish. That said, starting out slower and getting better over time leaves plenty of room for PRs!

Most read/used running book?
The Triathletes' Training Bible

Favorite running memory, run or race?
Crossing the finish line of the Honolulu Marathon. It was my first marathon, and I had a lot of ITB issues. I ended up walking a good chunk of the race. It took me over 6 hours to finish. But that sense of accomplishment and pride had me hooked. I've been doing races of all kinds and distances since then -- from 5Ks to Ironman triathlons, and the thrill of doing it has never waned for me. And setting the bar at a 6-hour marathon, made future PRs well within reach.

Your running dream?
Qualify for Boston. Complete the Hawaii Ironman.

What keeps you running?
It gives me balance in life. I need the outdoor time. I need to move and sweat. I need to challenge myself to see what I can accomplish. I need the mental and physical stimulation. I need the time to be away from all the stresses of life to think. I need the alone time. I need the social interactions that come with running with like minded people. I need to run.

How can runners contact you
Facebook is probably best


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