Twin Cities in Motion

20 Questions, Miles of Answers- Mark Herzog

posted on Wed, Apr 30 2014 9:59 am by TCM Staff

1. Name: Mark Herzog

2. Age: 34

3. City: Chanhassen, MN

4. Profession: Marketing Research / Consumer Insights

5. When (or why) you started running: I started running Track in 8th grade. I wore my basketball high tops but still won most half-mile and mile races that I ran so I decided to keep with it.  Our high school was so small though that we didn't have a Cross Country team but I gathered a few friends up and I presented to the school board why we should have a CC team and they said "why not!"   

6. Best Run/Running Experience: Grandma's Marathon 2013, it was a great day to run a PR.  I had set my sights on qualifying for Boston at the beginning of the year and then the bombings happened, which strengthened my resolve to get there but also made me believe I had to run even faster to not only qualify, but to get in.  I set a goal of a 3:00:00 marathon (which was a PR of over 31 minutes), I came in 8 seconds under at 2:59:52, I was ecstatic!

7. Worst Run/Running Experience: My first marathon in 2002, the summer after I graduated college.  I completely hit the wall/bonked around mile 20.  I laid down for about 20 minutes in the fetal position; around mile 21 but my girlfriend at the time (now wife) let me use her sweatshirt to get warm again and I finished around 4:40.  I swore off marathons that afternoon but by the next day my twin brother (Paul) and I decided to do Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon the following year.  

8. Dream Training Partner: My twin bro, Paul.  We both run and have similar PRs…and we are competitive with each other but it'd be a lot of fun if we could train together. He's in Owatonna and the only time we run together is during races.  He qualified for Boston as well and we plan on running together there. Right now I generally run solo (if I'm not pushing one or two kids in a stroller!). 

9. Training Shoe: Brooks Ravennas!

10. Favorite Running Route: From home I'd have to say running down to the Three Rivers Park regional trail then up and around Lake Riley; otherwise, I've always enjoyed running the lakes. 

11. Favorite time of Day to run: I prefer running in the late afternoon but work doesn't always allow for that, so I have gotten good at squeezing in miles whenever I can.

12. Pre-Race Food: Gatorade Endurance, peanut butter on slightly toasted bread, half a banana, and a few sips of coffee.

13. Post-Race Food: Chocolate milk and chocolate chip cookies immediately, then I always cap off a race day with a large Blizzard (either Oreo, Cookie Dough…or both sometimes)

14. Favorite Running Accessory: My Garmin 910 GPS/HR monitor - I like looking back at my log to see what worked well in other training periods.

15. Current or Future Goal: After Boston I'm going to work on my speed and shoot to get under an hour at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile (mostly because that math is easy 6 minutes per mile x 10 miles = 60 minutes). 

16. Upcoming Race: The Boston Marathon on April 21.  It'll be my first Boston and really looking forward to being a part of this most historic marathon.  Too bad the weather was so bad this year in MN, it's been hard to get in good training so goals for that race are really just to enjoy the event and finish with my brother around 3:15/3:20.

17. Favorite non-running activities: We have two kids with a third on the way so if I'm not running, I'm being Dad.  I love getting outside with our two boys and either playing in the snow / sledding or playing catch or soccer in the backyard.

18. Mode of Transportation: currently a Ford Edge but probably a mini-van in the near future 

19. Pump up Music:  I've always been a fan of Eminem so I'll speed up when his tunes come on, similar with Jay-Z - at times I'll get into "Dirt off your shoulder" on a run and while I'm sure I look weird, I feel cool :)

20. Advice for a Brand New Runner: Set small, incremental goals over the course of 2 or 3 months.  As with anything, you'll never master it after two weeks. Stick with it - some progress running is better than making progress against your DVR list :)  Make it a priority.  


Bonus! Be friends and follow Mark on Twitter, @runner_dude.



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