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20 Questions, Miles of Answers - Tim Snell

posted on Wed, Jan 29 2014 9:48 am by TCM Staff

  1. Name: Tim Snell

  2. Age (or rough estimate): 35

  3. City: Minnetonka, MN

  4. Profession: IT Recruiter

  5. When (or Why) You Started Running: I was probably 4 or 5, just trying to mimic my dad who ran marathons at the time. It’s been part of my life ever since. But I’ve been training consistently for about 6 years now.

  6. Best Run/Running Experience: I’m still waiting on this. I’ve had plenty of very good experiences, but I’d like to think the best is yet to come.

  7. Worst Run/Running Experience: My first marathon, without question. I trained like a madman, putting in tons of miles, a bunch of great workouts, and some solid tune-up races. But it was a total cluster. I ended up walk/jogging through cramps the last 6 miles and finishing 25 minutes slower than my goal time. But strangely, I fell in love with the distance and it’s been my focus ever since.

  8. Dream Training Partner: My dad, circa 1984. I think we could have pounded out some serious workouts together. 

  9. Training Shoe: I’ve trained in a dozen different shoes in the last couple of years, but currently in Brooks PureFlow’s.

  10. Favorite Running Route: Anything along the trails of Isle Royale National Park. We’re lucky to have a small family cottage up there (long story) and it’s the best running on the planet. Just keep your eyes on the trail!

  11. Favorite Time of Day to Run: Late afternoon. It gives me something to look forward to each day.

  12. Pre-Race Food: I like to have a little something in my stomach before I head out, so maybe a few pretzels or a bit of a granola bar.

  13. Post-Race Food: I try and get in a big glass of chocolate milk after a hard effort. Great for recovery.

  14. Favorite Running Accessory: Just got the new Garmin 620, it’s awesome.

  15. Current or Future Goal: Try and be fit for the Boston Marathon in April. We had our first baby in early December, so training has been interesting to say the least. Of course a PR would be even better (sub 2:37), but not sure if that’s realistic. I’m sort of taking it day by day at this point.

  16. Upcoming Race: I’ll jump in a few races before Boston I’m sure, but nothing on the calendar officially until April.

  17. Favorite Non-Running Activities: Golfing occasionally, cooking, I’ve got a bike that I don’t use much. So yeah, I pretty much just run.

  18. Mode of Transportation (other than your legs): I’ve got a Toyota FJ Cruiser with 158,000 miles on it, and I’d drive it for another 158,000. Best car ever.

  19. Pump Up Music: I quit running with music a few months ago and I’ve really enjoyed it. But if I had to pick one song, I’d say “Someone Great” by LCD Soundsystem.

  20. Advice for a Brand New Runner: Slow down, be consistent, running 5 miles doesn’t mean you’re free to make 4 trips to the buffet line, don’t run in the same shoes all the time even if you like them, and if you really want to improve “embrace the grind” of running. It’s not always easy or fun, but if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. 


Give Tim a little encouragement or talk about the joys of parenthood on Twitter by following him at @tj_snell.



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