April 2016 Runner of the Month

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Congratulations to the April 2016 Runner of the Month, Norm Morrison.
Norm comes to running after years of competitive cycling.
He brought the same competitive spirit and perseverance to running and has made significant
progress, including a recent PR at the Cherry Blossom 10-miler. But most importantly, Norm is
a genuine, humble, and all-around nice guy. We are fortunate to have him as part of our club.

1. Why do you run with BMRC?
Every run, whether a track workout, the long run, the mid week or the Sunday recovery, is better with company in my opinion. And the company is the best at BMRC. After all, where can you find people (Kool Kidz??) who will run with you in a blizzard, the pouring rain, zero degrees and 50+ mph winds?

2. Complete this sentence, I run because………
I wanted an efficient way to burn calories after my kids were born. Before kids, I was an amateur bike racer. When my kids were born I had to stop the 5 hours weekend rides. Running was the most efficient way to exercise and get outside too. Before long I was running races because I missed the competition.

3. Target race this Spring?
Broad Street.

4. Favorite race?
My favorite race is the Cherry Blossom 10 mile run. Each year I get to run a great race and spend time with my family sightseeing in Washington D.C. This year, like in years past, I had the pleasure of lining up with some seriously talented BMRC runners at the start. Very inspiring. And I got a PR too.

5. Proudest running moment?
Completing the River Loop for the first time. I had spent nearly a year working up to the combination of distance and hills. It was a great feeling to do something that had so recently seemed to be far out of reach.

6. Favorite BMRC run?
The Prediction Runs. I really enjoy seeing the wider club participate in these fun, low key “competitions” and the socializing that follows.

7. Favorite cheat food?
Mine is a Philly Cheesesteak. The club’s is clearly Girl Scout cookies!

8. When I’m not running, I am………
Working, parenting, building (a tree house), vacationing and on really special days, napping…

9. Advice to new runners………
Don’t worry about starting small. My first runs were 1-2 miles long. When I started running with the club, my longest run had been 5 miles. By running with a group that was better (much) than I was, I learned to run longer, faster and smarter over time. And it takes time … sometimes years … to make small improvements. Just keep plugging away and be sure to enjoy it at the same time.

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