Posted on 24 January 2013.
- RIF #89 Stewart with his wife Robin RIF #208
This week’s Run It Fast – The Club Profile is #89 Stewart Crouch. Stewart is not only speedy but he has a LOT of self control. You’ll have to check out Stewart’s profile to see what I mean. Ha!
Name: Stewart Crouch
RIF #: 89
Years Running: 35
Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon
Favorite PR: 5K
Favorite Race: Houston Marathon / Half Marathon
Favorite Bling: Boston Marathon
Next Race: Boston Marathon
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: When I can hang with the young pups! : )
FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS
Why did you start running?
Because I wasn’t growing fast enough to play football.
Who inspires your running and why?
Everyone, People that I know set goals for themselves and I see them go through the ups and downs of training. Seeing them accomplish their goals makes me want to push myself even harder and set new goals for myself.
If you could go for a run with any famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Sebastian Coe – He was my high school inspiration.
What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal?
Night before I eat Spaghetti and in the morning before a race a banana and oatmeal.
What is the thing you splurge on after a race?
Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream – From the little creamery in Brenham, Texas.
How many pairs of running shoes do you have and which pair are your favorites?
10 pairs of shoes, 4 still in the box. My favorite shoe is Saucony Fastwitch 4.
Why do you race?
I like to race to see where I stack up with other runners and I love to compete.
Big races or small races? And why?
Both – I like to do big 5K/10K races because there is more competition and makes you push yourself harder.
With his kids and Robin (on his right) at a 5K
What was your biggest “don’t” of a race?
Don’t go out too fast.
What running moment are you most proud of?
The first moment was in high school when I broke the mile record that had been standing for over 10 years. Recently, it was being able to run 51 miles in the Trail of Fears which is my longest run to date.
At the Houston Half Marathon
I cannot believe he has four brand new pairs of shoes and they are still in the box! No way could I do that. I don’t have the self control for that! Seriously though…I think it was interesting that Stewart started running because he couldn’t play football yet he’s been running for 35 years. He obviously found out he was good at it and he must enjoy it, right? It’s kind of funny how things work out that way. You can apply that to running itself. Maybe you are good at sprinting because you are Bolt fast (I wish!). Or maybe you excel at long distances because you have great endurance. Or maybe your running “thing” is trails or cross country because you’re fearless. There are so many options we have with running that we can continue to grow and not be bored for decades. If you aren’t having fun or you’re in a rut with your running, try something else. You never know what hidden talents you might have. I’m glad Stewart found out running was one of his talents!
Thank you for sharing Stewart! Good luck at Boston! Run It Fast!
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[All photos submitted by Stewart Crouch]