Concrete jungle where runners are made

POSTED BY : Sossi Hanoian

rayinterviewFor as long as he can remember, Ray has enjoyed running, and considers it an essential part of his life. In his earlier childhood years, he lived in an apartment high-rise in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.

 

Ray would get to school early just so he could gather friends and start an extensive game of tag in an empty school yard. Although he wasn’t considered one of the fastest in the annual track meet, he could hold his own sprinting in PE class or racing home after school against a much bigger kid while wearing a backpack twice his size stuffed with books!

 

He continued on in high school in Southern California to play organized basketball, needless to say “suicides” were his favorite drill. That’s when Ray also took up cross country and track. These days you can find Ray running in San Francisco and its nearby (amazing) trails, where he enjoys being outside solo and with friends. He continues to hone his running skills under the guidance of Coach Nate Helming and Coach Ashley Relf.

 

Let’s take a look at Ray’s answers on our run questions:

Q:What is the most motivational song on your playlist?

A: I always tab into my Wu-Tang or Eminem in my head when the going gets tough in a race or hard training session.
Q:What is your first running memory?

A: Elementary school PE class. Screaming top of my lungs in short all out sprint races- I thought I could run fastest that way. My 3 yr daughter does that now around the house.
Q:What was the last run you did?

A: Tuesday Lululemon lunch run weaving through downtown SF and along the beautiful waterfront!
Q: What is the hardest run you’ve ever done?

A: I bonked hard one time in the middle of a trail loop training run. Had to sit down to regroup. Many lessons learned there. Some of my fastest Strava PR segments there prior.

Q: What is the BEST run experience you can remember?

A: Too many. I always seek new challenges and personal best.  Recent best – PRed the same trail loop + extra miles last Saturday- finishing strong.

 

Thanks for sharing Ray! Cheers to many more miles of running strong!

PS: If you want to learn more about how Ray continues to run strong (hint: a LOT of mobility and strength work in addition to a smart periodized plan) you can take the 30 Day Challenge!