Featured Runner “Dave Box” June 2018

Dave Box (in his own words): I am a 42 year old father to two amazing girls. Besides working a full-time job and running, my time stays consumed with trying to maintain my little shanty out in the woods. There is always work to do on the farm, so between the 50 fruit trees, gardens, mowing, and something always broke needing repaired, there isn’t much time for anything else, which is why I probably keep to myself most all the time.

I ran my first mile about 5 years ago as a way to clear my head. Once I got going daily I had thoughts of running a 5k, but while looking online for a local one, I stumbled upon the Flatrock 101k which ended up being my first race. After about two years of running ultras, while having numerous injuries and not achieving my goals, I started looking into hiring a coach. Though I know having a coach isn’t for everyone, it was the best decision I made for myself. Since then, things have progressed and really I want to set my focus on the 100 mile distance. I would like to travel around and see the country while completing two to three 100 mile races a year.

THE BASICS

Date of Birth: 12/28/1975

Place of Birth: Piggott, AR.

Currently Residing: Coffeyville, KS.

Marital Status: Been married to running for 5 years now and I can’t imagine my life without her.

Job(s): Electrical Supervisor at Coffeyville Resources Refinery.

Children: Two girls: Ava (10) and Taylor (8).

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 172

Shoe Size: 12

Best Physical Feature: IDK, I’d have to say legs.

Worst Physical Feature: My smile.

Religion: This monkey wants to go to Heaven when I die.

Political Affiliation: I have my values / beliefs but tend to stay away from politics. Life is better.

Educational Background: Some college, but dropped out not knowing what I wanted to do.

Personal Strength(s): Mental toughness, pain tolerance, gifted with “ADHD” (hunter brain).

Personal Weakness(es): Being an introvert and not being able to socialize very well.

Make Of Car You Drive: Ford F-150.

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Ford F-150, but newer.

Pets: German shepherd named Kimber and several cats roam the farm.

FAVORITES

Favorite Author: I can’t say there is one I prefer.

Favorite Book: I pretty much read to study for projects or just learning new things. Though I love reading in the evenings it is mainly books about running currently.

Favorite Non-running Magazine: I rarely look at any but on occasion will get a copy of Woodworking or similar to look for more things I don’t need to do.

Favorite Movie: I watch so few and typically in the winter time, but will always just resort back to Lonesome Dove series (maybe not an actual move but still what I go to).

Favorite TV Show: I don’t have cable, dish, etc, and haven’t watched any TV shows in 15 years. I like to stay busy outside.

Favorite Music: Alternative / Rock.

Favorite Artist: Music is such a big part of my life it would be hard to name one. I would go with Metallica if I had to make a choice.

Favorite Spectator Sport: Motocross / Supercross.

Favorite Subject in School: History

Favorite Vacation Destination: So far Colorado, I’ll take mountains over beach any day.

Favorite Time Of Day: Evening / sunset.

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Ball cap, you will rarely see me without one on.

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: It may sound odd but cutting and splitting firewood has always been relaxing to me. I’m not really into “leisure”.

Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka One One Speed Instinct is my current favorite trail shoe, loving the Hoka One One Cavu for training on roads.

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Bagel w/ peanut butter, oatmeal, and Monster Energy.

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: First Endurance Liquid shot and First Endurance EFS Pro cover most of the bases. PB&J, pringles, pretzels mixed in for some solid.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: First Endurance Ultragen for recovery then anything and everything I can stomach after that. Potato soup, bacon, anything else I can stomach.

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): I have only had a few, but all equal for how selfless they were and how much they took care of me and pushed me harder.

Favorite Place To Run: Elk River Hiking Trail…AKA: FlatRock.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Trails, trails, trails.

Favorite Famous Quote: “There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.” Kristin Armstrong

ULTRA STUFF

Number of Years Running Ultras: 4

Number of Ultras Finished:  17

Best Ultra Performance(s): Zion 100, though I felt I left some on the table that day it was great learning and following my coaches plan.

Most Memorable Ultra: 2017 Flatrock 101K during the trail flooding tops them all. I wouldn’t change anything about it.

Dave, setting a new course record at the 2017 FloodRock 101K!

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 70-75 miles peak.

Injuries: I’ve only had tight muscles or other minor issues due to poor self-maintenance in the past few years but fought everything from IT band to runners knee in the beginning.

Ultrarunning Idol: Karl Meltzer…duh.

Why Do You Run Ultras: To challenge myself.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent, so train how you intend to race. Other than that for me the most important thing I have come to realize is to run happy. Put a smile on your face even when you don’t feel it. Running really is mental and just smiling will make a world of difference for not only you, but other runners.

ACHIEVEMENTS / GOALS / MEMORIES

Personal Hero: Of course I truly admire my father. But also with what life has thrown at me the past 5 years and for who I have had the opportunity to be around, I would have to say Daron Pratt. Not only is he an awesome runner but for the way he lives, his integrity, how he loves his wife, has been a father, friend, and always living life to the fullest.

Dave and his “Best Buddy” Daron Pratt.

Personal Philosophy:  I can always work harder.

Short-Term Goal:  To keep learning and improving on the 100 mile distance then WS100 in a few years would be great.

Long-Term Goal: To have longevity in this sport of Ultrarunning and living out west in the mountains, either Utah or Colorado.

Most Prized Possession: I would have to say my little shanty in the woods, but even that I know I can’t take with me when I die.

Most Proud Achievement: Surviving all the stupid crap I have done and still being alive.

Happiest Memory: Growing up in the little town in Arkansas and being able to run free, riding our bikes all over without concerns of today, local kids coming together to play baseball on our own every day, getting up at daylight and leaving the house being only 10 years old and going fishing while not returning home sometimes till dark. Not that my parents didn’t care where I was, but also knowing we were fine. I wish my kids could experience that childhood.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: To do something “big” like Karl Meltzer or others have pertaining to an extreme long running adventure…..just to see if I can.

DISLIKES / FEARS

Least Liked Subject: Social studies.

Least Liked Household Chore: Mowing

Pet Peeve(s): Whining / excuses.

Greatest Fear:  I never learned to swim when I was a kid so I have a big fear of deep water. So yes, I thought FloodRock 101k might be the end of me.

SPARE TIME

Book Currently Reading: Ultra Mindset

Hobbies: Anything outdoors: gardening, fishing, hunting, cutting wood. It is all equally fun as long as I am outside.

Collections: Besides my George Brett collection from childhood, I pretty much like things that go bang.

What’s Next: I am kind of a last minute planner so haven’t signed up for anything just yet. Looking for a couple more 100 milers this year.

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