Meet the Hunger Run’s New Race Director
Editor’s Note: After launching the Hunger Run and serving as its race director for two years, Carrie Horton moved to Seattle with her husband, but she loves the Hunger Run and wanted to leave it in good hands. So she found a great replacement. Meet Dave Durand.
Dave started running in 4th grade. “I was one of the slowest runners that year, if not the slowest. I credit chasing a soccer ball around for the next two years for building up my speed and endurance. By the 6th grade, I won my first race. I was hooked on running regardless by that point, but winning a race was an incredible feeling that just made me want to train more.”
Dave coaches cross-country at Central Valley High School and serves as a running mentor at Fleet Feet Sports stores. We asked him a few questions to learn more about his passion for running.
Q: Tell us about some of your best experiences running. Where do you like to run in Spokane?
I live close to Riverside State Park so that is a GREAT place. A person could probably run in the park 365 times a year and never completely run the same course twice, just by making a little change each time. There are so many great running groups in Spokane, so if you want to run with people, you have great choices. I think the only day that a Spokane running group isn’t active is Friday, the other six days there are usually multiple running groups to run with. And whether you are alone or with a group, if you run on the Centennial Trail, you are bound to run into other runners you know.
Q: You mentioned that you’re a big fan of Bloomsday. What do you love about it? How many times have you done it? Do you usually run it alone or with a group?
I ran Bloomsday from sixth to eighth grade (most high school coaches don’t allow their athletes to run Bloomsday), and I believe I have run Bloomsday every year since moving back to Spokane in 2010. The course and the unique distance is very challenging, especially to inexperienced runners, so to finish a Bloomsday race for anybody is a big accomplishment. But the natural beauty and the energy of the participants, spectators, and musicians along the course is palpable. And of course I love the history of the race, how it’s been going for so long, was founded by a local running icon and Olympian, and the sheer mass of the event.
Q: What accomplishments/goals do you have related to running?
My “fast” days of running are way behind me, but I was a fairly accomplished high school and collegiate runner. Today, I just look to enjoy the sport and do the best I can. I hope to qualify for Bloomsday Second Seed as well as qualify for the Boston Marathon in the near future. I want to keep running in marathons and ultra-marathons, perhaps even running in a 200-mile race within a year or two.
Q: How often do you run? Do you have a training schedule?
I run every day barring injury. I had a three-year run-streak that ended last spring, but I started back up in late summer. Currently, I am running 14 runs per week (so twice a day). I make up my training schedule as I go. Typically, my morning run is 3 miles every day (unless I am running with a group in the morning). My second run varies. It may be a speed workout on the track or could be another run anywhere from 3-23 miles.
Q. What advice/encouragement would you give to someone just getting started running?
Don’t have any expectations other than you are going to enjoy yourself and give a strong effort; set goals that are realistic; listen to your body which means you don’t HAVE to follow a training program precisely; rest (and slow/recovery) days are JUST as important as hard days; know your body will “fight you” when you start anything new but after 2-3 weeks, your body will begin to know that you aren’t going to stop this new activity and it will start feeling better; stay with it because humans were meant to run, it’s in our ancestry and DNA and our bodies were designed for it.
Q: How do you reward yourself after a great run?
Anyway I see how! I like to socialize as long as possible after races. See how everybody else did. If it’s a long race such as a half, full, or ultra marathon, I often stop for a guilty treat at a restaurant and relax my muscles, and when I get home an Epson salt bath calls my name.
Welcome aboard, Dave! We’re excited to have you as part of the Hunger Run team!