Membership Coordinator

Sam Paterson

Serving role since January 2023

Past Board Role(s):
Not Applicable

How Long Have You Been With PRC?
I have been with PRC since January 2022. I joined after participating in an online running challenge over Christmas 2021 (I walked, mostly), and haven’t looked back! 

What Made You Start Running?
I had a friend (Dan Morton, also a PRC Member) who did a “Couch to Tely” in 2019. We had a BBQ after to celebrate the accomplishment, and he convinced me and 2 others to run the Huffin Puffin relay. 

What is your best/worst run?
My best run ever was the 2022 Tely 10. I surpassed my goal, and felt good throughout. My worst run ever was the 10km at the 2022 Five and Dime. For some reason I got shin splints, and the heat really got to me. I was quite miserable, but salvaged an alright time and was glad I saw it through. 

Favorite running shoe?
I switched to the Brooks Ghost 14 last year, and really enjoy it. I ended up with the Brooks Glycerine this fall when the Ghost wasn’t available in the leadup to the USR Half Marathon, but have already gone back to the Ghost. 

How do you track your runs?
Garmin Forerunner 55 is the watch I use, so I use the Garmin app for most of my tracking. I like sharing and checking in with friends on Strava, and I also use Final Surge in my training with Mark D. 

Do you have a current running goal?
I would like to run another half-marathon this year, with a goal of going under 2 hours. I also want to run a 5km with my daughter, who has really gotten into running and will probably be ready to take on 5km soon. 

Best training tip you can provide/received?
Get in time on your feet, and listen to your body. Find people you enjoy to run with, and don’t sweat the small stuff. My mom also says to me “If you get out to run, even a few km, you’ve already run further than 99% of people that day”.