August 2019-Mike Bendt
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. (Where you’re from, what you’re doing now…etc)
A: I grew up in Spearfish and graduated from Black Hills State. Married for nearly 33 years. Three daughters and two grandkids.
Q: How long have you been running and how did you get started?
A: I actually ran in high school and college. Didn’t run for 20+ years while enjoying my daughters’ activities. In late 2013 I weighed over 200 lbs. 6 months and 30 lbs later; I started running again.
Q: Would you rather run with a group or alone?
A: Definitely a group. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t always align. I do enjoy the solitude of running by myself however.
Q: Do you prefer roads or trails?
A: Mentally – trails. Physically – roads
Q: What is your favorite distance or race?
A: ½ marathon
Q: How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run?
A: Can’t say that I’m never not motivated. Sometimes those first couple miles make me question my decision 🙂
Q: If I didn’t run I’d ………..
A: Probably fish more.
Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?
A: Feeling better than I did 10 years ago. Most importantly.. The many folks whom I’ve gotten to know over the past 5 years!
Q: Do you have a pre-race ritual?
A: Couple cups of coffee, take care of what needs to be taken care of, shower, hydrate, jog and stretch.
Q: What are your running goals for the future?
A: Stay healthy, BH 100 ‘Man in Black’, Boston in 2021, and more ultras thereafter.
Q: Who inspires you most?
A: My inspiration is more intrinsic. There are several folks that keep the BHRC relevant who I truly appreciate… organizing group runs (Erika, Dan, & Roger), volunteers at every event (Marge), awesome photos (Mark), and the numerous race directors that keep us coming back.
Q: What advice do you have for new runners?
A: Be patient with the process and revel in the progress!