Real men run to Taylor Swift!


Meet Chipper! A  husband, soon-to-be father, podcaster, San Franciscan, and triathlete.


One more thing, Chipper hasn’t had a run related injury (insert jaw drop here). After his first experience with ultra running (The North Face 50K) he felt mentally injured and, “fell out of love with running,” as he put it.


Not to worry, he made a full recovery, and you can find him running the streets of SF most days of the week!

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

Q:What is your favorite post run treat?

A: I usually try to get some form of protein in right after my run is done. Sometimes that is a chocolate milk, or Greek yogurt. I guess those aren’t much in the way of treats, but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine after some big training weekends.

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

A: I usually try to run without headphones to enjoy nature and my surroundings (not to mention safety). If I’m on the dreadmill I do enjoy me some Taylor Swift (and I’ll be damned if that Shake It Off isn’t catchy as all hell)!

Q: What was the last run you did?

A: Sunday I did a ~75min endurance run from my house in Japantown out to Golden Gate Park, around Stow Lake and back.

Q: What is the hardest run you’ve ever done?

A: Every Thursday purplepatchfitness hosts a track session at Kezer Stadium where there has been some nasty sessions. One of the hardest runs in recent memory was after a tough 5k swim followed by two 30 mins runs at 70.3 half ironman pace. These are triathlon people problems.

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

A: I’ve had a few really good run legs of  Olympic distance triathlons. I’m usually a slave to my watch and looking at my pace. This race I didn’t glance at my watch once and every miles was faster than the previous. Felt really good, and a great confidence booster for my internal pacing clock.

Q: When was the last time you lost a toenail?

A: I don’t think I’ve ever lost a toenail, but my feet were in the worst shape after the run leg of the Wildflower Triathlon a few years ago. I decided to go sans socks for the bike and run. Oh. The. Blisters. Everywhere.

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

  • That Chipper is a bad ass!

    • Nate Helming

      we like to think so!