Floris Gierman, Los Angeles, CA - PATH projects KREW
Hi my name is Floris Gierman, I’m located in Irvine, California. I ran my first marathon in 2007 and have ran about 30 marathons and ultras since.
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
Running a 2:44 marathon in Boston during really shitty weather conditions. Also, running a self supported 100 miler from my house in Long Beach to San Diego in 17 hours 45 minutes.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
Recently we had a PATH projects shoot at Zion in Utah. I'm looking forward to running the Zion Traverse 50 miler through the entire park. Also, the Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon is high on the bucket list.
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
My go to running shorts are the Graves PX 7", it has plenty of storage space for my phone, keys, sunglasses, headlamp, GoPro, ID, etc. I like pairing this with the Tahoe CL 5" base liner, I have tossed all my regular underwear and wear this every day.
The Cascade Short Sleeve tee is all I wear during the day while working and on many of my runs. If it is colder out, I love the Pyrenees T19 hooded shirt, the GPS watch slot, hand protection and hood keep me warm, either as single layer or with a Cascade tee underneath or jacket over it.
What do you enjoy about running?
Being present with nature. I love running down hills, you have to be focused and 100% here and now. It's a way for me to relax. I love the community aspect, catching up with friends, chatting while getting miles in. Another aspect I enjoy is constantly learning more about your body and mind. No trail adventure or race is the same, improvising to the challenges at hand is something that makes you feel alive.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
Many runners focus a lot of time and attention on the running component. I'm a strong believer in a holistic approach to training, racing and life. Yes, to improve your running and reach your maximum potential, you have to put in the work and deal with challenges that come up. However many athletes keep stacking miles on miles, vs paying attention to getting enough sleep and rest to recover well. During the rest phase is when your training adaptation happen, progress will not happen in the long term if you keep pushing too hard too often.
Slow down on most of your runs, to a conversational phase. Or you can use a chest heart rate monitor and ran at or below your MAF pace frequently.
Keep your stress levels under control, eat balanced, have the right mindset for success in training, racing and life. Most important of all, be patient and enjoy the process!
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