Weekend Warrior: Chad Gilbert ~ runner

AGE: 33

BIRTHPLACE: Florence, Alabama

OCCUPATION: Director of Marketing at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics

SPORT: Running

FAMILY: My wife of six years, Laurie, and my two sons, Cooper (4) and Colby (2)

FIT CLUB: Memphis in Motion

WW HALL OF FAME: 2017 Little Rock Full Marathon, 2016 Chicago Half Marathon, 2016 St. Jude Half Marathon, and 2016 Wynne Half Marathon

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: I began running in the summer of 2016 and was very out of shape. Thanks to the support of my awesome family and running team, and especially my coach Mark Higginbotham, over the past nine months I’ve been able to lose 30 pounds and complete a full marathon.

I RUNNING: It’s a sport that is challenging and competitive but also freeing and relaxing. The running community in Memphis is great, and there’s a place in the sport for virtually anyone who takes the initiative to challenge themselves and set goals that are hard but attainable. It pushes you mentally as well as physically.

“Running is a sport that is challenging and competitive but also freeing and relaxing.”

FITNESS MOTIVATION: My family. Last year, after my father survived a heart attack, it was a wake-up call that I needed to make a personal investment in my own health so that I can be there for them for many years to come.

CROSS TRAIN: I am a member of the Schilling Farms YMCA and work out there regularly.

RACE FUEL: I usually have half a banana and a bottle of water.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: Brooks Ghost 9 shoes and a Garmin Forerunner 235

NEXT WW CHALLENGE: I’m training for the Great American River Run Half here in May.

OBSTACLE COURSE: I came down with the stomach flu two days before the Little Rock Full, and it lasted until after the race. Running my first 26.2 after losing several pounds on an empty stomach was tough, but I was able to finish. And the medal was huge, so it was worth it.

BEST EATS: Stoney River: the coffee-cured filet followed by the giant carrot cake

WHAT IS SOMETHING NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU: I’m a recovering introvert.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Living Out Loud by the late Craig Sager

VICE: Coca-Cola and Chick-Fil-A

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” —John Wooden

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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