John Hale Orange, CA - PATH projects KREW
Hi, I'm Johnny. I'm originally from southeast Virginia, but I've lived in Orange County, CA for the last ten years. I started running in the early 2000s for weight loss, and caught the bug for distance running shortly thereafter. In 2016 I finally pulled the trigger and ran my first 50K followed by more trail marathons, 50Ks, a fifty miler and a 100 miler.
When we aren't in the middle of a global pandemic, my wife, my buddy Tim, and I organize the OC Craft Runners, a craft beer and running club that hosts weekly pub runs at the various breweries in Orange County. We're hoping to resume as soon as it becomes safe for large gatherings.
This year I'm still hoping to get in an overnight run of the Joshua Tree traverse. Also training to run the 50 mile Virginia Capital trail, from Williamsburg, VA to Richmond, VA.
I already know some of you guys, I'm looking forward to getting to know more of the Krew and hopefully will be able to get so trail runs in with the OC locals. Cheers.
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
Last year I completed the BLU 100. It was my first 100-mile attempt. Although it isn't the most difficult hundred miles, it still meant a lot to me to prove I could take on that distance. With the race's two mile looped course I was able to spend a lot of time pacing with my wife, running with friends and chatting with other runners along the way.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
Currently making plans to run the Joshua Tree Traverse, the 50-mile Capital Trail in Virginia, and hopefully completing the long term goal of running Javelina Jundred.
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
The Pyrenees hoodie. It's the perfect weight for California winters. It looks great and stays comfortable with or without a layer underneath.
What do you enjoy about running?
The social aspect. Very rarely do I go out and run alone. Between organizing my run club, or getting out with my trail buddies, every run is an opportunity to spend time with my wife and friends.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
Running should be an expression of joy. On long runs when things get really tough, I always remind myself that running is something I get to do, not something I have to do.
Social channels you are most active on?
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