By: Matt Sherman
White River Junction.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?
Higganum, CT and I moved here after college for a job opportunity.
What do you do professionally?
Electronics Engineer/Freestyle Snowboard Coach.
How long have you been running?
How long have you been running competitively?
Why do you run?
To find more sideways windows and covered bridges.
Recent memorable moment while running?
The pemi. Lots of ups and downs in mood and elevation. Lots of rain too, but a fun experience nonetheless.
Best athletic accomplishment and why?
2010 USASA National Champion in Snowboard Halfpipe. This was my first big contest with international contestants.
If you like to race, favorite race distance? Why?
5k because I preferred a shorter high intensity misery. And my family only runs 5ks.
If you like to race, notable race moment? OR most memorable race?
Run 4 Love in Armonk, NY. I appreciated reuniting with college friends to commemorate our friend, Jamie.
A couple. Mostly my significant other, Elena Karis, and occasionally friends Chris Welker and Dan Shea.
Cross training activities?
Snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain biking, road biking. Mostly board sports though.
Favorite local running route?
Jericho Road to Jericho Street and back to WRJ.
Favorite post run treat?
Strangest place ever run?
Aberdeen Proving Ground. Because of the restaurant Olive Tree. Which seems to be a knockoff of Olive Garden.
Any notable streaks or other unusual running events?
I planned a Tour de Fenêtre for the Upper Valley this fall, but cancelled due to injury. Next year.
What made you start running?
I wanted to run better in a memorial race for a college friend. I did not meet my own expectations the year before, so I joined the running club a couple months beforehand and haven’t stopped since.
Who is your running “idol”?
Are your reasons for running now the same or different than the reason you first started?
No. I started solely to train to compete with my friends, but now I enjoy the workout and time for contemplation.
Why did you join UVRC?
To train for a 5k I committed to run with friends.
Ever run in a costume?
Does flannel and ski goggles count?
The only running shoe for me is __________.
Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Yes, I injured my hamstrings this summer. I don’t know how it started, but most likely from not running and not stretching.
Hot or cold weather runner?
Morning or evening runner?
I prefer morning.
What is your motivation?
Witch windows mostly. Additionally, I enjoy getting lost in thought to clear my head.
I run therefore I ______________.
see new places.
How did you become interested in running?
Most of my college friends ran track. Spending time with them helped me appreciate the atmosphere and culture.
What is your favorite race?
Run 4 Love 5K.
Favorite running book/film?
Born to Run/Forrest Gump?
What does your daily workout consist of?
It depends on the season, but lots of stretching with core work. I aim for 30-40 miles of running a week with lots of cross-training
How about favorite work out?
Run uphill to a good view a couple times.
What is your diet like?
Lots of beans and leafy greens, but no peanuts or meat. And no chickpeas before exercising due to an exercised induced allergy.
If you could run with anyone, who would be the person?
Jamie Love, my college track friend who died my junior year.
Additional input or comments? People to mention?
Run fast and take chances?
What else should the club know about you?
Former sponsored athlete in Freestyle snowboarding and I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Witch windows.
Aside from running, what are your hobbies?
What’s your favorite pre-run meal?
What question would you like to ask in next month’s Runner Profile? And what is your answer to the question?
How has running changed your life in a 20 - 60 word run on sentence?
Running changed my exercise routine and increased my fitness level, but more importantly for an introvert, I pushed/improved my social skills while broadening my friend group in the process and had lots of type I and type II fun in the process.