• Member of the Month

    Our Member of the Month Award is in recognition of an individual’s achievements and input into the club. Every Member of the Month is a credit to our club.

    Our August Member of the Month is Ted Andresen!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ted has been a true ambassador for our club. He has gone above and beyond

    in terms of volunteering for the club and truly deserves this accolade.

    When did you start running?

    I started running from the nuns in the 6th grade.  I haven’t stopped.

    Later, I was inspired when my father mentioned that he was on his high school track team in the ’30’s.

    I kept running through high school and grad school.  When I got hired for a job at MacDill AFB, I started running every day with a group of military personnel.  Unfortunately, that quickly degenerated to a daily competition.  It was very tough, but everybody’s times greatly improved.  Before that I was doing 10 minute miles.  Pushing every day got me down to the 7:30’s.  That was an eye-opener.

    Why do you run? What inspires you? Do you have a favorite quote?

    I run to stay fit and to see how hard I can push myself.

    I am not really inspired to run. I don’t experience the “runner’s high”.  Instead, I run because I want to stay healthy and fit.  I foolishly committed to running a 5K every day when I retired.  It was a dumb idea.  I would not recommend it to anybody.

    I am 9 years into this effort. I can run faster in the winter than I do in the summer.  Some days are fast, others are so-so.  I’m happy with sub-10 minute miles in the cool weather.  Summers are impossible.  When it’s unbearable outside, I run inside on my “dreadmill” where two large fans blow on me, front and back.  I will stop running when I grow-up or get run over by a beer truck.

    I pass one of my favorite quotes twice a week at the downtown campus of SP College where I volunteer as a math tutor. It is by Michael Jordan; “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something.  But I can’t accept not trying.”

    To keep my sanity I’ve been working on a mathematical model of a runner that was first computerized by another physicist, Reinhold Blickhan, while he was at MIT.  He is now retired, so I’ve been working with his follow-on group in Germany.

    Besides running, I work on endless house projects and keep my 68 yr old sailboat going.

    How long have you been a member of SPRR?

    I was a member when Ben was president.  I think that was before we met at Hospice.

    Do you have a favorite race, run or distance?

    I will always be proud of my two marathons at MacDill.

    What has been the highlight or biggest accomplishment of your running?

    Once I did the first mile of the Turkey Trot in 6:40. I got back on my feet before the ambulance arrived.

    The best times I ever achieved were when I pushed myself every day with a morning 10K or a daily 4 mile race against others at the AF Base.  Then I consistently ran in the 7:30 range.  For me pushing hard made the difference.

    When is your next race?

    Of course, it will be the beach race in August.  Please schedule a low tide.

    What advice would you give to new runners?

    If you want to run faster, push yourself to run faster every day.  If you want to stay fit, do some type of intense cardiovascular exercise every day.

     

    THANK YOU TED FOR BEING OUR MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST!

     

    SPRR 2018 MEMBER OF THE MONTH

    JUNE JACKIE YOST
    JULY ALANNA DVORAK
    AUGUST TED ANDRESEN
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  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the St. Pete Road Runners (SPRR) is to encourage running and walking for individuals of all ages and abilities in a social environment while promoting fitness and providing education in the community. The SPRR club is well suited for the recreational runner or walker as well as the serious competitor.

     

    SPRR extends an open invitation to runners and walkers of all abilities to come out and join us for one of our group runs.

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