Tom Pigorsh

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Name: Tom Pigorsh

Where were you born and raised? I was born in Michigan but my family traveled most of my childhood with the military.  In my adulthood, I continued that trend.  I’ve lived in Michigan, Germany, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Colorado and now Arizona.

When did you begin running?I ran in high school and sporadically since then but it wasn’t until last year that I took a different approach to running and really started having fun with it.  From that point on I was hooked.   Over the last year of running regularly I’ve noticed tremendous growth as a runner.

How did you get started running? I made a big change in my diet and lifestyle last year that left me with previously unexperienced amounts of energy.  So, I needed something productive to channel that energy into.  Running seemed the easiest option to get outdoors more and improve my fitness while burning off excess energy.

Favorite distance to run: This is ever evolving.  Right now somewhere between 8-15 miles.  Enough to make you feel awesome but not enough to completely drain you for the upcoming days.

Favorite race: So far the Big Pines Trail Run 54k in Flagstaff.  Hopefully I will have a new favorite soon.

Favorite Track N Trail event: Wednesday track has been a blast!  Everybody comes to have a good time but also put in some serious work.  Jim does a great job of encouraging you while you’re getting your ass whooped.

Favorite place to run: TRAILS!  Easy trails, hard trails, desert trails, mountain trails and everything in between.  There are times the night before I know I’m going on a new trail run that I have trouble sleeping!  Locally, I spend most of my time running San Tan because it’s convenient.

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Favorite Song to Listen to while running: I’m more of a podcast listener if I’m plugged in during a run.  I listen to a bunch but most recently The Cracked Podcast and The Rich Roll Podcast.

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? There are approximately a gazillion trails I’d still like to run in Colorado and Hawaii.

Other Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, bicycling, walks with the family and cooking awesome meals.

Advice for new runners: Run easy most of the time.  Run distances and paces that you’re comfortable with and make you happy.  It wasn’t until I slowed things way down that I actually improved as a runner and started really enjoying it.  Fitness and performance will come in time, but you can’t rush it.