January 2015 Member Spotlight

I know we’re late posting the January member spotlight but it’s finally here. This month we feature Vergial Parker. Anyone who has said hello to this gentleman knows how much energy and encouragement he brings to our group. Read below to get to know a little more about Vergial and his running career.

Derby City Run Club January Spotlight

Derby City Run Club January Spotlight

When did you begin running and why?  I began running about 3 years ago after moving to Louisville.  My best friend from Texas invited me to go and watch her and some other friends run in the Chicago Marathon.  After, being around all the Marathoners, I felt like it was something I could do.

What is your greatest running accomplishment?  My greatest running accomplishment would be….  Being able to overcoming the restrictions from my having asthma.  I always had a fear of falling out with an asthma attack.  Also, that great sense of pushing myself beyond limits.

Favorite Place in Louisville to go for a Run/Walk:  Bardstown road and Floyds Fork park.

How did you find out about DCRR and when did you join?  My best friend sent me a text with the Meet-up group link.

What are you training for right now?  Currently, I am training for the Hot Chocolate 15k in Nashville.

What race day traditions do you have?  I usually get up and drink a full glass of water and then eat a light breakfast with oatmeal and my coffee.  Got to have coffee for that early morning JOLT.  I always  say a prayer for strength and to not “break a leg”

Do you have favorite shoes and/or gear to run with?  Asics are my favorite at the moment.  They are comfortable, especially since I am a severe over pronator. I just started using the calf sleeves and they have become a favorite as well.

Any running tips for beginning/experienced runners?  Always remember to start out SLOW.  It’s not the derby, so no need to sprint out the gate.  Also be sure to control your breathing and stay hydrated.  I have also found that taking 2 aspirin at about mile 8 has been a huge help.

Do you run for someone special (friends,family), a cause, because of a big change in life? If so what?  I actually do not run for any specific cause.  I run because it helps we to relieve stress.  I do look forward to running the Boston one year and to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness for my mother.