Profiles in Running: Tim Lucas

Tim is a media guru and former college athlete (Go Knights!) who lives and works in the Louisville area. I’m almost positive I’ve never seen Tim angry, and he exudes a patience I can only dream of ever having. He’s yet to run with my group, but after seeing his times on RunKeeper, I’m pretty sure he could lap us a few times.

Tim (far right) before the 2011 Rodes City Run

How long have you been running?
On and off for as long as I can remember. My family used to run races together when we were younger. Great way to redirect the energy from family squabbles into something productive. I wound up staying with it and running some track and cross-country in high school.

How much do you run each week?
Try to run 3 or 4 times a week – early morning runs and a longer run on the weekend. I’ve got a daughter that swims every night for Lakeside so I’ve just started jumping in the pool and swimming once a week as well. Being lapped in a pool by old people provides a healthy dose of humility if one is riding too high

You’ve got a whole mess of kids. Ever dream of putting together a family-style roadshow a la The Partridge Family and travel around the country?
We certainly entertain ourselves, but would fall in the “not ready for prime time” category. We have recorded two original songs, both written and performed for the grandparents. And while they went over well, anyone in our biz knows that an audience of four doesn’t reflect a healthy focus group sample size.

Speaking of your family – does your wife or do any of your kids have the running bug?
My wife likes to run as well. Chasing kids had gotten both of us in pretty good shape. All the kids like to go out for a run with us every once in a while. I love the fact that they think of AC/DC as “workout” music.

Tim, you’re a pretty easy-going guy, so how do you think you’d react if you came across a zombie whilst running alone? Feel free to use whilst in your response.
I tend to do most of my runs very early in the morning, so I try to be ready for wildlife or an untethered pet to come surprise me. Most zombies* are not as fast as an angry coyote, so they are down a ways on my list of “solo runner” dangers.

*Exception: Zombies from 21 Days Later

Describe your perfect run.
As much as I enjoy an early morning run, I love the energy and vibe surrounding a local road race. From the pre-race jitters, to finding someone just a little faster than you to track for pace, to the crowd noise to the post-race snack…it’s a great environment that helps bring you back for more.

What’s your favorite running/race memory?
Having never really run for distance, running the Papa John’s 10 Miler last year was the farthest I had ever run. While very hilly, I really enjoyed the experience. I have great respect for all the Power Creative runners who have been running these races over the past few years. I’m just chasing them.

Any upcoming races you’re looking forward to?
I was in shape to do the Mini last year, but couldn’t due to my son’s First Communion. I’m aiming for it this year, although a couple of busted toes are keeping me from putting in the distance I need right now. I’ve never done it before so I’m hoping to join you and all the other Power runners out there for the big race.

Profiles in Running is a biweekly effort (published every other Wednesday) to showcase other runners on this blog, regardless of his/her skill level or experience. Know someone who should be featured? Drop me a line.

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