Getting to Know – Cyndi Meacham, 9/6/17

Location: Lafayette, IN
Original Hometown: Anderson, IN – but have been in Lafayette since I was age 19
Professional Career: SIA Production Control-Subaru scheduling
Favorite Running Shoe: New Balance 870 or 880
Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Favorite Personal Record(PR): Indianapolis Mini Marathon Time 1:49:53 and 3rd in my age group
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Book or Movie: I love to read and read a variety of topics, some of my favorites are Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett, Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim, Born to Run by Chris McDougall, and Unbroken A story of Survival by Laura Hillenbrand

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history? I didn’t start running until later in life but always worked out. I started running because my husband was running. Started out just running 3 miles a day until my niece challenged me to a Marathon with the Leukemia Society. I mentored for them for four years and got better and better at running. After that I made a decision to attempt a Marathon in every state. I have done 33 so far and hope to continue soon.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career? Qualifying and running Boston, New York and back to back Marathons on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career? Mostly the awesome people I met in the WRRC. Several of them have provided beneficial tips and advice. The friendly competition from fellow runners help me build strength and confidence.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races? Preparing to do a half and some 5ks I haven’t came to a decision on which ones yet

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment? I love the tempo run, I feel like I get the most benefit from it. I know from experience if you want to do a race well it requires a training program and a desire to follow it through.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals? The people of course have had the most influence on my running career. The support has been unbelievable! They support everyone even through the injuries. It is amazing and I have made some lifetime friends through WRRC.

Getting to Know – Larry Miller, 9/4/17

Location:
Rural Lafayette – Southeast Tippecanoe County.

Original Hometown:
Lafayette. I’m fond of saying that I’m so from here than McCormick Road in West Lafayette is named for my Great Great Grandfather.

Professional Career:
I’m retired now – I’m 70 years old. My career consisted of owning and operating a donut shop as part of the family business, followed by working in accounting followed by writing followed by retirement,

Favorite Running Shoe:
Not a brand but a style – I’m a midfoot striker and don’t need heel cushioning or motion control. Almost any low profile shoe works fine and none stand so far above the others they are IT. Racing flats are fine too but I like a little more cushioning than most provide,

Favorite Race Distance:
Races ranging from 8 to 15 K would be my favorite. I don’t have the leg speed to do well at shorter distances and managing my body heat/hydration becomes an issue for longer ones.

Favorite Personal Record (PR):
I don’t have a favorite PR. I have favorite races where I’ve managed my effort perfectly to get the most I had out of my body and they’re not necessarily my fastest. It’s about the process, rather than the result. When I’ve managed the process well, I’m happy.

Favorite Food:
Potatoes. Eaten in moderation, alas. I’ve figured out that carbs are not one’s friend.

Favorite Book or Movie:
These are somewhat fluid. Right now I’mm go with the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history?
I’ve been a runner since 1974. I was always interested in being a runner but track didn’t do anything for me when I was in school. When I had to be in the Army (near the end of Viet Nam) I discovered long slow distance as part of my training. I quickly took it up when I got out of the army and that’s still my thing.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?
Finishing my first marathon in 1976. Finishing second (age group/Masters) to Bill Rodgers in several races when we were in our early 50s and having him remember me from race to race.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?
Glen Cunningham. It was his story. read when I was in grade school, that gave me my interest in running.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?
My career as a racer, or a serious racer anyway, is probably over. Hip alignment issues hold down both my training and my speed, though the training is the big one.

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?
With the hip alignment issues, there are no workouts. There’s just running as I can when I can.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?
By being there and getting me out running on many occasions when I wouldn’t have run otherwise.  I also appreciate having running partners who ran at my speed to help keep me motivated.

Getting to Know – Len Chyall, 9/6/17

Name: Len Chyall
Location: Lafayette, Indiana
Original Hometown: Euclid, OH (Eastside of Cleveland)
Professional Career: Pharmaceutical Chemist
Favorite Running Shoe: On Cloud
Favorite Race Distance: 10K
Favorite Personal Record (PR): 3:18:17 Chicago Marathon
Favorite Food: My pre-race nutrition is a banana, a Cliff Bar and a can of Red Bull.
Favorite Book or Movie: I highly recommend “Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon” by John Brant. I’m reading Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I should be done sometime toward the end of 2019.

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history?

I didn’t take up distance running until I moved to West Lafayette in 1992. Back then 6 miles counted for a long run. Most of my training was geared toward competing in an annual 8K run sponsored by the Purdue Co-Rec in the fall. After I turned 40 in 2005, a friend of mine challenged me to train with him for a triathlon. I barely finished the race but from that point on I was hooked on endurance sports.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?

I’m most proud of finishing the “Escape from Alcatraz” triathlon in 2006 and the Boston Marathon in 2007. I remember having dinner at a restaurant in Boston after the race with Brad Pape, Cyndi Meacham and others from the club. We were wearing our finishers medals and when we got up to leave the other guests at the restaurant gave us a round of applause.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?

I would not have been successful at the marathon without the support of the Sunday AM crew, particularly WRCC members Brad Pape, Dave Jackson, and Mike Lehe. I’m grateful for Dave Jackson’s motivation by wagering a glass of chocolate milk on the last mile on one of our 14-milers.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?

Lately I’ve been competing in 200+ mile relay races as part of a 12-member team. These races combine competitive running with the support and fellowship of being on a team. I’ve also had a great time participating in the CASA fundraiser cycling challenge at the Subaru test track. I coach the middle school cross country team at Lafayette Central Catholic and most of my efforts in the fall go toward preparing the team for our 3K races. The team is steadily improving in participation and race performance, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for distance running with the next generation of athletes.

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?

I really look forward to the long Sunday runs with the club. It’s a bit difficult to get out of bed at 5:30 AM knowing that I have 20 miles to run, but after the first mile I’m always happy that I showed up. Without a doubt, the breakfast that follows is the best part of my training routine. Although I don’t look forward to the hill workouts at the Indiana Veterans Home, they’ve been indispensable in keeping my fitness up.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?

My first run with club was in 2005. I planned to run an 8-miler with them to get ready for the Indy 500 Festival ½ marathon in a few weeks. The Sunday group made me run another 6 miles with them day and told me that if I stuck with them I could finish a marathon and likely qualify to run the Boston Marathon. I didn’t believe them at the time, but they were right. I deeply appreciate the wisdom, patience, and encouragement that many members of the WRRC have shared with me over the years.

Getting to Know – Creasy Clauser, 8/26/17

Name: Creasy Clauser
Location: Lafayette, IN
Original Hometown: Crawfordsville, IN
Professional Career: Research Engineer at Cook Research Inc.
Favorite Running Shoe: Mizuno Wave Rider
Favorite Race Distance: current 5K, all-time 800
Favorite Personal Record (PR): 2:12.6 in the 800, 2008 IHSAA State Meet
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Singer/Band: NEEDTOBREATHE
Favorite Book or Movie: Harry Potter

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history? What got you first involved in the sport?
My 7th grade social studies teacher bugged me about running every day in class until I agreed to try Track. I had always maintained the stance “I hate running”, but one season of track later I was hooked. After high school, I went on to run both cross-country and track at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (NCAA DIII). After my collegiate running career was finished, I started coaching as an excuse to stay connected to the sport and to motivate myself to continue training through grad school. Currently, I coach cross-country and track at Harrison High School and being around the young runners continues to motivate me.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?
My top memory is when my college track team unexpectedly won the HCAC Indoor Conference Championship with only 10 girls competing. A close second is making the podium at the state meet my junior year of high school.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?
My high school coach, Lindsey Carlisle.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?
Most of my 2017 has been recovery running, but I am currently training to break 19:50 in a 5K, hopefully by the end of the year.

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?
Long tempo trail runs, and 10x500m.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?
By providing fun, stress-free local races such as the Farmer’s Market 5K series and the Trail Race series that get me out racing with other members of the community without the cost and hassle of a big road race. Everyone is always so supportive and encouraging each race is a great experience.

Getting to Know – Tracy Cahee, 8/19/17

Name:  Tracy Cahee
Location:  West Lafayette
Original Hometown:  West Lafayette
Professional Career:  counselor
Favorite Running Shoe:  Asics Gel Nimbus
Favorite Race Distance:  1/2 Marathon
Favorite Personal Record (PR):  Marathon: 3:22
Favorite Food:  Asian
Favorite Singer/Band:  Biggie, Disco, Classic Rock.
Favorite Book or Movie: anything by David Sedaris

Q:  Can you give us a little background on your running history?  What got you first involved in the sport? I was small and uncoordinated in middle school, so running was a good fit. I ran cross country for Harrison and found how much I enjoy competing while running as a part of a group.

Q:  What are your top memories from your competitive career?  The Circular Logic Marathons; winning the DINO trail race series in 2008.

Q:  Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?  My husband. We run together whenever we can.  He coaches me on my form, helps me with training plans, and discusses pacing and strategy with me before races.

Q:  What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?   Any of the Farmers’ Market 5Ks and WRRC Trail Races that I can squeeze in.  I’m running the Hero Half Marathon in Chesterton on 9/1 and the Purdue Half in October.  For the half-marathons, I would hope to come in at under 1:38.

Q:  What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?  I like the simplicity of mile repeats and often use the Circular Logic mile loop route.  I enjoy intense biking on days when I don’t run.

Q:  How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?  Even though I grew up here, I was out-of-state until moving back twelve years ago.  My husband and I started running with the club and loved how positive and welcoming the group was. With kids and tighter schedules, I have been so grateful for the ease of the club’s local races and their collective wisdom.  I have only improved with the unfailing encouragement of the members.