dailymiler of the week: Marty B.

Every few weeks we pick one inspiring dailymiler to be featured on the blog. This gives us a chance to learn the stories of members of the dailymile community. Check out past dailymiler’s of the week or nominate a dailymiler for a future post!

Years ago, when Marty Burian was training for his first marathon, a dailymile friend named Oblivion introduced him to the idea of running the last mile of a run faster than all others. Burian latched onto the idea and over time came to use this technique to pace himself during a long run. He’s preached “last mile fastest” to others needing a way to rein in the excess energy at the start of a run. A few running buddies who’ve heard the gospel over and over call this practice “Martying” a run.

While “last mile fastest” is definitely not something to be used on every run, Burian really likes the feeling of finishing a run on a strong note. This idea of running well and finishing strong gave birth to a run coaching business appropriately named, Last Mile Fastest.

While Marty tends to enjoy longer runs, he generally doesn’t “race” them. As far as an actual race distances are concerned, his favorite is the 10K. “It’s the perfect blend of speed and distance for me,” he says. “Shorter races tend to be more sprint-like and ‘hurt’ more than I like. Longer races can cause my mind to wander from the task at hand.”

Burian used to bike for cross training. While he still does that, rock climbing has become his main focus over the past year or so. He believes cross training is an important part of accomplishing his running goals. Mixing it up keeps him motivated.

Speaking of dailymile, Marty states, “The support I’ve received from other dailymile users has been invaluable in my training. I love being able to ask advice from others; but I also enjoy checking in on what others are doing, congratulating them on accomplishments, helping them through tough times and giving tips and advice to those just starting out. Dailymile provides an incredibly supportive and helpful forum for athletes of all experience levels.”

When thinking of his bucket list, Burian claims he’s already done more than he ever imagined he would do as a runner. Still he has at least one big dream. “When I win the lottery and retire, I’d like to buy an RV and with the help of support personnel, run across the country,” he reports. “I want to take my time and go from the Pacific to the Atlantic over the course of about eight months.”

Shortly after college, Marty found himself in the worst shape of his life. He’d break out in a sweat walking up a flight of stairs. “That’s when I decided to become a runner,” he remembers. When he first started running, he believes he was way too hard on himself. He felt that walking was cheating. If he wasn’t maintaining a particular pace, he wasn’t really a runner. He also used to believe that rest days were for people who were weak.

Burian has changed his mind on all those things now. “I was a runner back then,” he says. “The fact that I peeled my ass off of the couch, laced up my shoes and made an effort is what made me a runner, not a number attached to a distance or speed. He rests as a regular part of his training regimen. “Days off allowed my body to recover from a workout before putting it through the wringer again,” he reports. “They leave me feeling eager for my workouts and feeling positive!

Running has given Marty so many great memories: Countless training runs and races done side-by-side with friends; setting numerous personal distance and speed records; seeing the excitement and accomplishment on the face of someone he has coached to a running goal. But if he had to pick just one, memory as his favorite, he’d have to choose completing the Couch to 5K program for the first time years ago. “That’s when it clicked that I really could do this,” he states. “I really could be a runner.”

About Mike N

Mike Neifert is an avid runner and cyclist who lives on the plains of Kansas. He works out mostly in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. He drags his wife and kids along on runs and rides whenever he can. He's run a 50K, but not a marathon. He wants to ride 200 miles in a day sometime soon and plans to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours in November 2012.
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