Featured Runner: November 2017

James Sapp has run just about every trail race that RE Events offers, as well as most of the Run Wild Missoula races. The last couple years he has been a regularly participant in the RWM Advanced Trail Classes and has seen great improvement. 

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Name: James Sapp

How many years have you been running? Around 3 years

Do you prefer roads or trails, why? Trails! I think they play to my strengths and allow me to explore places that I think are interesting. I get really motivated when I’m trying to see a new place or summit a peak.

What keeps you getting out of bed in the morning head out for a run? The joy that I will feel from the experience. I run a lot by myself so it is a great time to have set-aside just for me. In the winter I usually stay in bed in the morning with a toasty beverage and run or ski in the evening/night.

You recently had a great race at the Blue Mountain 30k, how did that day go for you? It went smashingly well. This summer my training was a little different due to being away from home and not racing at all. I felt like last season I had put too much pressure on myself to push myself and run fast. So I dialed it back and just made sure I was getting out there and enjoying myself. After I returned to Missoula I was able to sneak into the Blue Mountain 30k a couple weeks before the race and I really had no expectations since I had never ran that distance before. During the race I just felt amazing and had one of the best performances ever. I remember thinking “I feel way too good to be running this fast” at the halfway mark. I could hardly stop smiling the whole race.

What goals do you have for running in 2018? I just want keep feeling good on as many runs as possible! I think that a big part of that is letting go of the expectations I have for myself. For me, that seems to be the key to running well and enjoying the sport. I would like to dabble in some longer distances in the future too. I had a great time training on skate skis and snowshoes last winter. I would like to continue getting out in the snow this year.

Thanks James! Enjoy the snow and we will see you on the trails next season.