dailymiler of the week: Mike F.

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 dailymilers of the week or nominate a dailymiler for a future post!

On November 2, 2011, Mike Federle’s life changed dramatically when his wife of 30 years unexpectedly passed away.  Running after that day was the constant along with the support of dailymile Friends and others that sustained him through the difficult times of change.  He remembers well turning the corner at the Jacksonville Marathon on a cold Florida morning after fighting severe calf cramping. He saw the finish line clock a quarter mile away and realized he was going to have a Boston qualifying time.  His mantras, “I am strong” and “I can do this” served him well, allowing him to realize this long held dream.

There were a few bumps along the way to reaching that goal. For months on end he trained without proper rest and no cross training. Not properly resting resulted in overuse injuries. Frustrated Federle hired a coach. “It took a coach to give me proper and varied workouts,” he said.  As his coach introduced speed work, cross training on the bike, core and strength work, foam rolling, stretching, proper rest and nutrition into Mike’s training, he began to see real improvement.  The injuries healed and didn’t return. “Running seems simple enough and in some respects it is,” Mike reported. “Feedback is invaluable.”

Mike enjoys the social interaction and support he gets on dailymile. “I’ve met so many nice folks from around the world that all love being active,” he stated.  Since qualifying for Boston which he plans to run on April 15, 2013, Mike has continued his training. He competed in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 3.  This marathon presented new challenges and learning experiences. It taught Federle of the graciousness and generosity of fellow runners when a total stranger stopped and paced him through the last 2.2 miles of a tough marathon. The New York City Marathon, so recently grabbing national headlines, is on Federle’s athletic bucket list. So, too, is a guided cycling tour in French countryside.

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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