“Hey, It’s Phil from Launceston in Tasmania, Australia. I’m 32 years old and been married for 10 years. I am also father to the 4 best kids in the world!”
What got you interested in running?
I stopped playing basketball around 6 years ago as I was finding it hard to fit it into our family’s lifestlye (with young children!), so to stay fit I started doing some running and haven’t stopped!
Is there anything that sets you apart from other runners?
No I don’t think so. I prefer running my local trails as opposed to roads. I love connecting with nature.
What keeps you motivated?
Just staying fit and healthy and looking after myself. It always helps to have a few events to look forward to and be training for though!
Do you have a favorite race length?
If you could run with anyone (living/dead), who would it be?
Someone like Kilian Jornet, Ryan Sandes, Timothy Olson, Anton Krupicka….
What is your all-time favorite race? Why?
Of the races that I’ve done it would easily be the ‘Cradle Mountain Run’. An unsupported 82km trail run through Tasmania’s remote wilderness. An amazing feeling of remoteness, adventure, camaraderie with fellow participants, and accomplishment!
Do you have a favorite pre-race food?
Usually just some good old Aussie Weet-Bix and my BSC Fuel 02 sports drink.
Anything! Give me a Coke to perk me up firstly though!
What piece of running gear could you not possibly live without?
Nothing really. Recently I’ve been really enjoying dropping all the gear, devices, even shoes (running in Vibram five fingers) and just getting back to the basics!
What do you tell yourself when you are struggling?
Keep moving. One foot in front of the other.
Do you have any current goals? Races?
- Triple Top Mountain Run – 19km technical mountain race, Nov 10.
- Bruny Island Ultra Marathon – 64km ultra marathon, Nov 30
- Cradle Mountain Run – 82km trail ultra marathon, Feb 1
What advice would you give to someone who’s new to running?
Just get out there, take it one step at a time and enjoy your running!
Read some books, follow some twitter accounts, read some blogs, find a mentor……. glean off others!
Enter an event, volunteer at an event, meet other runners, it’s a great community!
Where can we find you online?
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