Toughest race you finished?
Two of them, a 15k trail race in the Catskill Mountains of New York and a brutal 40-mile ultra trail race on Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina. Mt Mitchell was a 20-mile up and 20-mile back down run. I did it when I was 70 years old. There was ice at the top. Took me 10 hours and 7 minutes to complete it.
Have you done the Boston Marathon?
Qualified for it six times, ran it four times.
Tell us about your training regiment.
I run religiously three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I run regardless of the weather and always in shorts. Vaseline helps to keep my legs warm in really cold weather.
I also go to the gym to lift weights and ride the stationary bike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
(He does forego a gym workout on Fridays so that he can golf with the St. Louis Metro Seniors crew from April through October.)
What does your marathon training consist of?
I build in three 12-mile runs, three 15-mile runs, three 18-mile runs and three 20-22-mile runs leading up to a marathon. All within the three days of running per week structure.
I try not to do any junk miles. Tuesdays and Saturdays are long miles and hill days, with Thursdays being a 3-mile interval track workout day with half mile and mile repeats with only a 40-second walking rest in between the repeats.
(Pat often ends up at Kayaks after his Saturday long runs to shoot the “bull” with his longtime running buddies)