Member Spotlight: Mike Seashols


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What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
I am running my fourth NYC marathon with my son Pete (my first one was when you could walk up and introduce yourself to Fred Lebow in the early 1980’s) and this is my 55th marathon in total.   I ran the 2011 Marathon with my other son Matt – so this event is very special to our family.  My wife will be at the finish line as she has for many of my runs.  I consider the NYC marathon the best of the best – crowds, organization, course, activities before and after, etc.  We are all privileged to be able to participate.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
The dirt trails in Oregon and California where every turn launches something new from Nature.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I love listening to the 60’s rock and roll while I run.  I also listen to audible books – both make the time fly.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Pizza – in fact, my son and I stopped at a pizza place on First Ave around mile 17 and had a cheese pizza during our last marathon – we were hungry – having a good time during the marathon is more important than making a good time

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
1977 when I ran the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco on a invitation from one of my friends … I ran in high top basketball shoes – but I was hooked.  Ran my first marathon the next year in Honolulu …

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Fill my tummy with good pasta and hopefully get to bed early …

Why 26.2?
Because a marathon requires training and disciple – and those are great attributes in life … my son is now doing ultra-marathons – I stop at 26.2!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I was born and raised in Indiana, asked my wife Suzanne on our first date to marry me (50 years ago) and she said yes … moved to California after college (wanted to live where there were Palm Trees and warmer weather – worked in Silicon Valley as a software entrepreneur and now split our time with Summers in Bend Oregon -have two sons and two granddaughters … launched a non-profit 3 years ago to serve the Congolese people in the Democratic Republic of Congo – … to serve the most needy and to give back.  We are all more fortunate than most … be still and God will guide you

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