It’s time for the Rocking Runner of the Week. The latest RRoW is good friend and strong runner, Ted Kobi. If you’ve had the good pleasure of meeting Mr. Kobi you know that he is a man with a lot of heart and a lot of drive! We have nick-named Ted the “Tedinator” because he is a strong runner that will not give up – EVER!
I’ve been fortunate enough to run with Mr. Kobi more than a few times on some long, tough runs. I met him first on a running workout up the really steep, uneven stairs on River Street. When I got there to location to mark the coarse, Ted had already run six miles and had already set up some coolers with ice cold water for his fellow runners. We then ran the stairs following a one-quarter mile loop for an hour. After each loop we dropped and did pushups and situps. After that workout, he continued running with several other runners. That is why the nick-name, the “Tedinator” was born.
You can throw rain, heat, cold, 40 mph winds, alligators, mosquitoes at Mr. Kobi and he will not STOP until achieves his goal! He is the Tedinator! (on a side note, all of that is true! I was there running with Ted in the rain, heat, cold 40 mph winds, alligators and all!)
Following that tough stairs workout, Mr. Kobi began organizing group runs with the very first one dubbed, “The Hour of Pain 2″. It was indeed that! Ted continues to organize weekly runs in the Pooler area.
I am proud to introduce you to our latest Rocking Runner of the Week…
Rocking Runner of the Week
Name: Ted Kobi
How long have you been running? I first started running my freshman year of high school and kept it up for several years post graduation, eventually “life” seemed to be in the way so I got away from it for a few years. I moved back to Florida in 2007 and tried to get back into it but several injuries, including surgery for compartment syndrome on both shins, then shoulder surgery for bone spurs and some rotator cuff issues kept me sidelined for much longer than they should have (because I wouldn’t listen to the doctors and tried to come back too fast.) I tried to get serious about it again in 2011, but a groin injury left me hobbled until this year, actually.
What brought you to running? In high school, running was an escape for me; it was about the only thing I was good at and the only place I felt like I really belonged. More recently was when my dad passed away at the ripe young age of 61. He’d led a very unhealthy life style for most of the years that I can remember and I didn’t want to die young like he did. Although I didn’t necessarily start running again right away, I did try to start living a healthier life style that eventually led to running again.
What do you get from running? I get a release, I feel refreshed after a nice run, it relieves stress, relaxes and reinvigorates me
What kind of runner are you (5k demon, 10k psycho, half marathon madman/woman, marathon zombie, ultra-nutjob, make up your own description)? I’ve done all of them except the marathons, I skipped straight to the 50K’s and I like them all for different reasons. I currently enjoy doing the Ultra’s, but I also miss being fast and competitive at the shorter events.
Are you a trail runner or road runner? I don’t think I really have a preference, I like them both for different reasons. Sometimes I really enjoy the peacefulness of a night time trail run because it’s so quiet, and sometimes I like the distraction of traffic to keep my mind busy. I don’t run with music so I’m usually looking for some sort of mental distractions.
Do you race? favorite race? Why is that your favorite race & how many times have you run that race? If you could run any race in the whole world which would it be and why? I love to race, and in fact I try to turn pretty much anything I do into some sort of race or competition. I don’t really have a “favorite” race, but I currently feel most accomplished after finishing “The Cremator.” I didn’t have an impressive time and the conditions, although far from pleasant, weren’t quite as bad as they were expected to be. It’s been my toughest race to date and I accomplished my goal of finishing it. I don’t have an ultimate race that I’d like to do or anything, eventually I think it would be cool to run around an active volcano in Hawaii though.
How many times do you run per week and what is your weekly mileage average? I don’t train nearly enough, in fact I think I’m better known for under training. I try not to run more than 4 times a week and my weekly average is only in the low 50′s. I’d like to see what I could do if I ever seriously trained for an event.
Favorite running shoe? Why? Brooks Glycerin’s have been my go to shoe for years now, simply because they were the first shoe that worked for me and I have a tendency to not try anything else once I find something I like. I’ve recently been using Hoka’s for my longer runs and really like them as well.
Do you have any specific running goal? My goal for this year was to run 50 miles, and now that I’ve managed that twice already, I don’t know what my next steps are going to be, I haven’t really taken the time to think about it yet. I have a certain 12 hour event coming up in September that I need to set a goal for …
What is a running milestone of yours? Again, running 50 miles was a huge milestone for me and the fact that I’ve been able to do it twice this year now is a pretty big deal to me personally.
Do you have any training tips you would like to share? Whether it be a competitive event or just a training event, never give up, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually you’ll get there. This was big for me in the Cremator.
Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends).
Although I have an extreme amount of respect for professional athletes, I am much more inspired by the people I run with on a daily basis. My buddy Jeremy Nowling, who I don’t get to run with often, is probably one of my biggest inspirations for why I do what I do. All the local runners, Jamie, Bren, Dan, Tony, Jason, Drew, Allen, Dawn, Taryn, Karen, Tim (both of them) Lara, Emily, Sara, (I know I’ve left some out and I apologize) and of course my little Annie … they’re all inspirations to me, each in their own way.
Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share. I’ve never really been into the quotes thing or necessarily tried to live by any specific philosophy … I am far from perfect but I try to do the right thing just cause it’s the right thing to do and that’s it.
Is there anything else that you would like to share? I just want to thank you for the honor of being the “Rocking Runner of the week!” In no way do I feel that I deserve nor am I anywhere near being worthy of this honor, especially when I look at the predecessors, but it is much appreciated!!!
From my running experience with Ted, I can tell you that he is type of runner that will go the extra mile with you, for you.
Also I forgot to mention that Ted is a truly humble guy. Humility is a badge of honor with Ted. We should be so fortunate to have runners, friends, – like Ted.
He is a tough, driven runner with a heart of gold.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks so much!