Twin Cities in Motion

20 Questions, Miles of Answers- Steve Sabin

posted on Wed, Sep 19 2012 10:29 am by TCM Staff

1. Name: Steve Sabin

2. Age (or rough estimate):30 (two days before the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon)

3. City: Bloomington

4. Profession: President, Minnesota State College Student Association

5. Been running since: I started running on February 14th, 2010 as a way to live healthy and loose weight.

6. What made you start? About 5 years ago, I made a decision to lose weight and live healthy.  However, after a couple months into my journey, I received the disparaging news that I was experiencing a herniated disc in my lower back.  After being sidelined I went through surgery to fix the problem but gained all the weight back and then some.  After receiving the all clear from doctors to resume normal activity, I decided that I was going to make the change to a healthy lifestyle.  As an added form of inspiration I decided to begin a training regiment to finish the 2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. 

7. Training program you follow: I don’t follow any formal training program other than casually increasing my mileage each week.  During the hustle and bustle of the work week I usually run 10k’s every other day followed by my long run on the weekend.  Also, I usually increase my long runs by a mile each week.

8. Best run/running experience: While I have several great running experiences, finishing my first marathon, the 2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, was single handedly my most memorable.  Throughout my life, I always quit whenever things got difficult.  During the marathon, after I had began my stretch up Summit Avenue, I wanted to quit so bad.  I thought that I was not going to finish and be forced to drop out.  After fighting with myself and sticking with it, I realized at the 24 mile mark that I was going to finish and was adamant to see this through and cross the finish line.

9. Worst run/running experience: My worst running history hands down was my attempt to finish the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon last year.  Early on in the run by the Walker Art Center, I twisted my ankle very bad.  Even though the pain was growing quite severely, I did not want to drop out of the race.  After pushing through the pain to the 7 mile mark, the pain was so excruciating that I went into the grass and crumpled on the ground.  It is because of this that I return this year to finish what I started.

10. Dream training partner: On any normal training day, I like to run on my own and use that time to think about things going on in my life.  However, if I had the opportunity to train with whomever I wanted I would choose Deena Kastor.  Her hard work and determination continues to inspire me to this day and I dream about the day that I would have the opportunity to run with her.

11. Training shoe: After running with several different running shoes, I have found the shoe that feels like it was designed just for my foot.  The shoe that I will probably use for the rest of my running career is the Asics Gel-Phoenix 4.  While I have a pronating problem with my running, the structure of the shoes minimizes any discomfort that I may experience.  It is a great shoe to run with.

12. Favorite running route: My favorite race route has been and will always be the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  Every inch of the course is a sight to behold and the massive crowds that show up only add to the spectacle of the day.  For training runs, I absolutely love running a 10 mile loop along West and East River Parkway by Shriners Hospital.  That loop is one of the most scenic routes in the Twin Cities to run and I encourage everyone to check it out some day.

13. Pre-run food: Whole-wheat bagel with homemade cherry preserves

14. Post-run food: I usually drink some popular electrolyte replacement drink combined with a meal replacement drink to help re-energize after the run.

15. Training gadget: I absolutely love using my Nike+ wrist band as it is compact yet accessible during any run to see my pace and mileage.  Combined with the ability to track and map runs online, it is a gadget that I would recommend to anyone.

16. Goals? Short Term goal: This year as I get ready for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, I am busy promoting two causes that are near and dear to me, healthy living and affordable higher education.  I am creating awareness for theses causes by pledging to raise $2000 for the Minnesota State College Student Association Student Leadership Scholarship while also pledging to finish the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  This scholarship is awarded to public two-year college students who are leaders not only on their campus but also in their communities. Long term goal: At some point in my life, I would really like to finish the Chicago, New York, Boston, and Walt Disney World Marathons.  Some are for the views and others are for the chance to run amongst some of the most massive running fields in the country.  However, one of my major bucket list items is to train and finish the Ironman Triathalon (preferably in Hawaii).

17. Upcoming races? For the remainder of this year I only plan on running the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  My wife and I have always thought about running a turkey day 5K or 10K, but have never decided on it.

18. Favorite non-running activities: When I am not studying for classes or working, I love to read for pleasure.  Often times when my wife and I have free time we like to go on camping trips to the various MN State Parks. 

19. Mode of transportation (other than your legs): Depending on where I am going I will sometimes use my bike to get places.  Otherwise my wife and I share a little beater of the 98’ Ford Escort. 

20. Music: When I am on training runs, I love to listen to any kind of fast paced rock or techno music.  Often times I use songs by Dragonforce (Through the Fire and the Flames from Guitar Hero) to help me get through difficult runs.  However, when I am running in an actual race, I only use the crowd as my music.

Click here to follow Steve’s fundraising efforts or to donate to the MSCSA Student Leadership Scholarship.