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Weekend Warrior: Courtney S. Fowler ~ runner

AGE: 29

ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini

BIRTHPLACE: Landstuhl, Germany

JOB: Air Export Manager at Kuehne + Nagel

FAMILY: Parents, older sister, brother-in-law, and I’m a proud uncle to my nephew–Hank

FIT CLUB: I lead a group of friends in track/trail based run workouts.

MOST RECENT WW EVENTS: Tough Mudder ATL 2016, Grizzlies 5k (1st in age group)

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Chik-fil-a 5K in 19:27. I’d been reaching for sub-20 minutes for a while.

I RUNNING: It’s a physical and mental challenge.

MOTIVATION TO STAY FIT: Knowing that my abilities cannot be taken for granted. I’ve been close to losing the ability to run and I want to ensure that I’m doing everything I can to keep it going. Plus the idea of living to 100 is pretty nice.

CROSS TRAIN: I use CrossFit based workouts from PowerSpeedEndurance, Wim Hof breathing exercises, and meditation in order to supplement my runs.

PRE-RACE RITUALS: Wim Hof breathing exercises, which are a similar method to Tummo. It includes meditation and yogic breathing for mental focus.

NEXT CHALLENGE: St. Jude Marathon 2016, Moon Mist 50K Trail Race Huntsville, AL 2017 (my first ultramarathon)

WW MUST-HAVE’S: Newtons, Apple watch, fanny pack

OBSTACLE COURSE: I dropped from training with the Marines in 2014 due to lots of nerve compression issues that left my legs numb from the rigors of officer training in Quantico. I took off a few months to realign my body so I would be able to perform again. It was tough getting back to 100 percent considering my years of injury-free competition in high school and college.

“Running is a physical and mental challenge.”

BUCKET LIST: Go to Space. Compete in and complete the Western States 100-Miler.

BEST EATS: Bounty on Broad – Redfish with creamed kale and fried grit cake. It’s one of their best winter dishes.

WHAT FAMOUS PERSON WOULD YOU LIKE TO DINE WITH: Nikola Tesla. Mad scientists or not, there were several innovations that we can thank Tesla for and many that we never had the opportunity to see. It would be great to discuss his vision of the future.

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU COME BACK AS: Tiger—just to satisfy my childhood dream of becoming one when I grew up.

FUN FACT: Walked-on at the University of Alabama as a sprinter/long jumper.

ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND: Currently bouncing between “Either/Or” by Søren Kierkegaard and “Deskbound” by Dr. Kelly Starrett. If you sit in front of a computer all day, I highly recommend Deskbound.

BINGEWATCH: I binge Podcast: 99% Invisible, RadioLab, Theory of Everything, Invisibilia

PET PEEVE: Heel-striking runners

VICE: Candy, candy, candy. Got a bit of sweet tooth.

PERSONAL MOTTO: Improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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