It would have been impossible not to notice the tweet from Brett Meyer.
The Fort Wayne resident shared with his followers that he got around the oppressive heat and humidity this week by logging a training run ... at midnight. In the middle of the week. Because he needed to get it done.
After picking up my jaw from my lap, I replied with the only words I could summon: Now that's dedication.
And that's what Brett is - dedicated. It's not just about the miles, either. It's about his cause.
He's gearing up for his third Fort4Fitness 10K, having run the race in 2011 and 2012, and is doing so this year to raise money for NeighborLink Fort Wayne.
Brett was kind enough to chat about his training and the race, which is a mere 15 days away.
Why are you running for a charity? First and foremost, NeighborLink Fort Wayne is an incredible organization. We provide volunteer home improvement (and related services) to our neighbors in Fort Wayne. It's a great way to better your community and serve while witnessing immediate, tangible results. 100% of the the sponsorship funding will directly pay for building materials on a NeighborLink project.
Secondly, MOTIVATION! I am *not* a great runner -- I was not blessed with the correct legs ;) However, NeighborLink's goals and the push from sponsorships have been a tremendous help!
What has been the most rewarding aspect so far? We raised almost $600 in a single afternoon (over 50 percent of the goal) -- that was incredible!
What has been the most challenging? As I said, definitely motivation, but this has helped a lot.
Favorite running route or race in the area: For training, Aboite Trails. Racing, Fort4Fitness.
Do you have a goal time? Under 55 minutes.
Do you train alone or with a group? How is it? For running, I normally train alone late at night. It's a great way to end the day and release some stress.
Pre-race meal? Two nights before, probably pasta. Night before, smaller portions of lean protein and carbs. Breakfast - Coffee coffee coffee (and a bit more carbs).
What do you plan to eat after the race? Advil and whatever the hospital is serving that day (just kidding). Most likely a gigantic breakfast at Spyros!
I have to say Brett can't go wrong with Spyro's for a post-race celebration. Might I suggest the Olympic skillet - it's a favorite of mine - plus it has protein and carbs, essential for recovery. Of course.