Vacations make me anxious.
Alrighty, I’m getting down to brass tacks here — the straight dope. Throw a few more anachronistic sayings in there, and I’ll start this thing.
The plot thickens with local runner Brian Tankersley.
How long have you been running?
If you ask my Mom, as soon as I could walk. I played sports all through High School and afterward I wanted something else to do. My first 5K I was in my early 20’s, but soon lost interest. I started running again on a regular basis about 5 years ago. I started running soon after my second child was born, with work, a newborn, and a 3 year old, I was pretty stressed. I thought going out for a run was better than going out for a drink.
Tell me a little about your favorite race.
My favorite race is also a great race for setting a PR. The St. Patrick’s Day race is great, the first ¾ mile is downhill and the rest is flat. The key to setting a PR is to be right behind the elites. The race has 4,000 runners and if you’re not up front you’ll get caught in the bottle neck in the middle, on a narrow part of the street. It’s also my favorite race because of the free beer afterwards and the parade. I also enjoy the Father’s Day race that GBMC sponsors, it benefits the NICU at the hospital. My oldest son was a preemie, so it’s close to my heart. Can I add that the worse race for me is the Baltimore Marathon, I’ve run/walked in it 4 times and it just kills me every time. Of course I will try again this year.
Baltimore’s a city of many many neighborhoods. Which ones do find the most appealing from a runner’s perspective?
I really enjoy running through a lot of the neighborhoods, but I think running down York Rd when it turns into Greenmount represents Baltimore and how one block either way is completely different. If running south just past Coldspring Ln, you make a left and you’re in a area that has seen its share of shootings. If you go to the right you’ll see multimillion dollars houses and Sherwood Gardens. I like running through most of the city- it gives you a different perspective than just riding past in your car. There are areas however, that I avoid.
The snow and ice can be pretty treacherous for a runner here. How do you cope when conditions are nasty?
I run year round, but if it’s really bad out, I have a bike trainer I can hook up in the basement. This past season I don’t think I went for more than three days without a run.
What’s a good spot for a PR run around here?
Besides the St. Patrick’s race, any race on the NCR trail. They have a marathon in November that a lot of people run to try to qualify for Boston.
Pronation, over or under — or are you one of the neutral chosen few?
I guess you could say I’m one of the chosen few — neutral.
Every city has a running Mecca. In some cities it’s a store, in others it’s a particularly nice course. What do you consider Baltimore’s running Mecca?
For a long time Falls Road Running store was the place to go, for some it may still be. I find Charm City Run to be the place to go, their website or store. I really think they put themselves out there to promote running. They have a kids race where everyone gets a medal, my boys ran last year. They’ve been in the local elementary school for a fitness expo. You can bring a pair of old shoes to the store and they’ll give you 10 percent off the purchase of new shoes. They ship the old shoes overseas to those I need. My wife likes it for the ladies night, wine, and discounts on everything in the store. Plus, they’re just really nice people.
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