This week, we meet Love Run Legacy Runner David F. David got into running late in life, but that hasn’t stopped him from completing 27 half marathons in just 7 years! We are very excited to have Dave back for our (and his) 5th year.
As a reminder, a Legacy Runner is someone who will be running their 5th consecutive Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon. They have experienced every kind of weather element a runner can have and they are coming back for more! Are you running your 5th consecutive year and would like to be featured? Emails us at [email protected].
Tell us a little about yourself when it comes to running.
I came late to running. I always hated it when I was younger. I must have had an epiphany when I turned 50. I wasn’t in horrible shape. But my chiropractor told me that the biggest decline in a man’s fitness happens between ages 50 and 60. I wanted to counteract that trend. I started training for a 5K. Did a few of them. Graduated to a 10K. Then I did my first Half Marathon about 7 years ago. 27 Half Marathons (throw in a few 10-milers too) later I’m still going and loving it.
My first year running was a learning experience. I tried to talk to as many of my runner friends for advice on everything from training, nutrition, and running shoes to running apps. I kept setting goals for myself. I think that and constantly updating my run playlist has kept me motivated.
My first year running the Love Run was awesome. I was concerned at first because I never ran a race where it was raining before the race started. But a couple miles in the rain felt great. I’m not sure if the rain motivated me to run faster, but I did PR my time for any half marathon I ran up to that point. The weather has been unpredictable every year. Though I had a great time that first year, I can do without the rain this year.
Why do you keep coming back year after year?
I come back to the Love Run because it’s a very well organized, well-run race. Expo is fun. The swag bag/medal are great. It’s a great race to start the spring race season off with.
How long do you plan on keeping your Love Run streak going?
I like to try new races. Maybe when I retire I’ll venture to warmer locales for my spring races. But that won’t be for awhile ☹, so I’ll keep loving the Love Run for now.
Is there anything you would like to see added/changed about the race?
To be honest, I always thought the Love Run had an interesting layout for its course. But I did a race in Philadelphia in November that I thought was even more interesting. Maybe you can switch it up by running the southern city loop once in a while?
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