Victor Chen, Playa Del Rey, CA - PATH projects KREW
Software engineer by day and runner (and occasional dancer) during the other parts of the day. While I ran in high school, I was on and off until my latter 30s when I picked it up seriously again.
I've been trail running for the last 7 years and it's brought a new joy to my running. My inner child gets to come out and play and it feels like I'm adventuring and exploring instead of running.
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
My most proud accomplishment was my most recent marathon PR which took almost exactly 30 years to achieve and where I shaved off a whopping 15 minutes. This was special because of the journey it took to get there where I invested a lot of time working on my form and changing my approach to training. I never thought I'd achieve such a thing in my mid-40s.
Coming in second is my first 50 mile trail run finish. I had a lot of problems during the race and almost DNF'd; however, I kept grinding and solved the problems one at a time and was able to finish before the cut off. Like many things, the journey itself was the reward.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
Orcas Island Trail 50
Icebug X Bohuslan Stage Race
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
My favorite PATH projects gear is the original SYKES PX 5" because it's the first pair of running shorts where I felt that the creator was an actual runner who understood exactly what I needed. The key pocket, the perfectly placed zippered phone pocket, and the other zippered pockets are literally the perfect configuration. Add that to a durable, breathable, and modern cut with a flexible base liner system and you have a perfect short for adventure and casual use.
What do you enjoy about running?
My favorite aspect of running is that it's time to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. People are surprised I can run for 4-5 hours with no music but I see it as spending quality time with myself.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
My number one advice to all is to always focus on building and maintaining your foundation. All the little things add up and lead to longevity.
Any running or adventure videos, or have been featured in?
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