Rockin Runners of the Week: Taryn Thomas and Gary Davis


This Week's Rockin Runners of the Week are Taryn Thomas and Gary Davis, Two Badass Runners!

On tv, on websites, magazines, books and, all kinds of social media we hear of amazing athletes – runners.  Most of those athletes are in a different realm than 99% of us.  They seem untouchable, – unbelievable.  We like to read about them and follow them on social media, etc.  They are inspiring people, I’ll grant you.  But, did you know that there are amazing athletes – runners in our own running circles?  Yeah.  There are people in our local running community that are not just amazing athletes but are also family, friends, colleagues.  To me, these runners are equally inspirational if not even more than the pro’s simply because they are multi-faceted individuals that do not make a living off of running nor, are they sponsored by big companies to run and yet they do it because they love to run.  And, they make the time to do what they love without sacrificing their loved ones.  These are humans that live and work in our community.  They have children, responsibilities that must be met daily and yet they find the time to devote to their passions and are every bit an accomplished athlete as those we hear about on tv or read about in magazines and books.

Anyway, that got me thinking about the runners that I’ve met in the last few years that have been such an amazing inspiration to me.  These runners are real people like you and me that have busy lives and yet make the time to go out and do the things they love.  In this context, we’re talking about running.

So, I’m starting something new on my website that I hope will be inspiring and motivating to me and to you.  I’m calling this new thing the “Rockin Runners of the Week”.  Every week I will showcase a local male and female runner on this website with a series of questions and answers.

I personally know the first two runners that I’m showcasing on my website.  One of these runners, Gary Davis, I’ve known for over a year and, in that year I’ve witnessed his amazing transformation into a lean mean running machine.  This guy has passion and will like no one else I know.

The other runner, Taryn Thomas, I met on dailymile a couple of months ago.  It was on the day of the Rock n Roll Savannah Marathon that I finally met her in person.  I’ve nick-named her “TT” for “Terminator Taryn” because she is a killing machine when it comes to running.  Just this past Saturday, Taryn took first place female in the Madmarsh 50k in Beaufort, SC.

Okay, enough of me talking.  Let me turn this over to the two Rockin Runners of the Week!

 

Name: Taryn Thomas

  1. how long have you been running? 12 years
  2. what brought you to running?  My uncle is an avid marathon runner, I thought he was crazy to want to run that far, I guess I inherited his craziness.
  3. what do you get out of running?  Healthy life style but mostly great friends & amazing memories.
  4. what kind of runner are you (5k demon, 10k psycho, half marathon madman/woman, marathon zombie, ultra-nutjob, make up your own description)?  Haha… Ultra-Nutjob! Although I love a good Marathon Zombie.
  5. why are you that kind of runner?  Something about the distance I love.
  6. Are you more into trail running or road running?  Trail running, more beauty out there!
  7. do you race?   Yes, too much. Haha
  8. favorite race?  As of right now my favorite race is Delirium Ultra, I completed the 6 hour event and it was my first ultra. This coming year I will be in the 12 hour event. Next year, 24 hour, maybe. 🙂
  9. if you could run any race in the whole world which would it be and why?  One day I would like to run Badwater Ultra. One day…. like when I’m old. Ha!
  10. how many times do you run per week?  6-7 days a week.
  11. on average, how many miles do you run per week?  70-100 miles a week.
  12. Do you have any training tips you would like to share?  Don’t listen to what other runners do, you have to know your own body to know what works for you. That’s something I found out. But drink water and run far, really really far!
  13. what is a running milestone of yours?  Very first time I ran a 100 mile week, I thought I could never do it, and I’ve been on a roll with them ever since.
  14. Do you have any specific running goal?  26.2- Sub 3:05; 50k- Sub 4 hours; 100 mile sub 20 hours.
  15. Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends). 
  • Paul O’Hora- friend/fellow marathoner, we bounce back training advice, he has shaped me into the runner that I am today.
  • Caitlin Gaughan- friend/fellow marathoner, I coached her along with her first marathon, now she outshines everyone, her strength is something you don’t find in most people.
  • Alexa Dickerson- Ultra Marathoner, follow her posts on FB of her training and races. We have similar interests such as crossfit and ultra running. She completed Badwater this past year, she is a very strong and focused young ultra runner as I am myself.

Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share.

“Run long enough and something is bound to happen”

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Name: Gary Davis

  1. how long have you been running?  Started running again 3 years ago. I ran in my late 20’s until my early 30’s and took a few years off. I started again in my late 30’s and here I am…
  2. what brought you to running?  The fear of growing old!  Seriously!  In my late 20’s it was the fear of turning 30 and not being where I wanted to be physically.  The same thing happened in my late 30’s.  I left a job that had taken its toll on me physically.  I left that job tired and overweight and vowed to change that.  I wanted to be in better shape when I turned 40.
  3. what do you get out of running?  First, I cherish every friendship I have made from this sport.  Runners are truly a great and supportive group of people.  From a physical point I don’t think there is anything that can do more for your body in the amount of time running does.  It also is a great way to get out and clear your mind and solve your problems.
  4. what kind of runner are you (5k demon, 10k psycho, half marathon madman/woman, marathon zombie, ultra-nutjob, make up your own description)?  I guess I am an ultra-nutjob!  But I enjoy it all!
  5. why are you that kind of runner?  That’s a great question!  I never set out to run ultra distances and I’m not the greatest at it but there is something special and unique about ultrarunning and the ultrarunning community.  I have never met so many different people from so many walks of life come together and be so supportive to one another.  They celebrate in everyone’s achievements but are also there to pick you up in your failures.  Ultra’s are a great way to find out what you are made of.  They will tear every layer of your being away, down to the core, and you will see the determination that is within.
  6. Are you more into trail running or road running?  I love the simplicity of road running but my heart is on the trail in the woods surrounded by everything that nature has to offer.
  7. do you race?  If you call it that. 🙂
  8. favorite race, why?  I would have to say right now it’s Harbison 50k in Columbia, SC.  It’s a trail race with some great scenery in terrain that we don’t have here in the Lowcountry.
  9. How many times have you run that race?  Raced it last year for the first time and I’m signed up again to do it January.
  10. if you could run any race in the whole world which would it be and why?  I think it would be the Western States 100.  I think preparing and completing an event like WS100 would be life changing.  Think of the stories you could tell!!
  11. how many times do you run per week? 3-5
  12. on average, how many miles do you run per week? 25-35
  13. Do you have any training tips you would like to share?  Run Happy!
  14. what is a running milestone of yours?  Set PR’s on Saturday in the Mad Marsh 50k Ultra – 3:55 marathon time and a 4:57 50k(well, 31.45 miles)
  15. Do you have any specific running goal?  Stay healthy and happy through the winter racing season and make it to a planned trip to run the R2R2R (rim to rim to rim) in the Grand Canyon in April.
  16. Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends).
  • Tim Waz – He welcomed me into the local running community and it was his encouragement that kept me going.  It was also his craziness that introduced me to ultra-running.  He has been there to push me when I thought I couldn’t go on.
  • Paul Kiefer – I have spent countless hours training with Paul.  I can count on him both in training and as a friend.  He makes sure I’m not slacking in my training and knows how to rub it in if I am.
  • My third inspirational runner is anyone who was ever afraid to try something, afraid to set a goal, or afraid to finish something but somehow found the strength within to reach their goals and finish.

Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share.

‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’ – Gail Devers

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There you have it, this week’s Rockin Runners of the Week!

These two are not just amazing athletes but amazing people.  They both have great hearts, live their lives fully and are always willing to listen and help out their fellow runners.  I am very fortunate to know these two runners personally.  Taryn and Gary are local runners in our community that work hard and play hard and devote the time to better themselves.  Who needs the pros when we’ve got Rockin Roll Models like these two!

Gary and Taryn, thanks for taking the time to answers the questionnaire I sent you both and for the pictures!  You guys are both very inspiring to me.  I am very blessed to know both of you.

God bless you guys.

Run Strong and Run Happy!

peace,

dh

11/18/2012

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3 comments for “Rockin Runners of the Week: Taryn Thomas and Gary Davis

  1. 2012/11/18 at 5:44 pm

    Awesome!

  2. 2012/11/18 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks DH and could not agree more on these two outstanding runners. You put it so eloquently with these amazing role models we have in the area. Pros have amazing abilities, and most watched, but most don’t realize the amazing talent we have on a local level and still maintain balance in their everyday routine with work and family.

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