Hey Reggie, how did you first get into running?
I joined the track team as a teenager, but swimming took priority and I eventually dropped it. The day after I turned 30, I tore my ACL. After surgery and rehab, I agreed to join a friend running his first half-marathon. It would be mine too. I did it and have been running ever since.
I'm not really a lifetime runner. If anything, I'm actually a lifetime swimmer. I swam competitively for most of my life and was always around the pool. So coming to running and doing longer distances for me was a really, really big change.
Reggie's Choice: The All-New Cloudflyer
“I really like the Cloudflyer. As a bigger runner with larger feet, the toe box is pretty wide and lets me spread my toes. It’s super, super comfortable on long runs. And has support so that I don't feel like I'm hurting my knees, ankles or my shins. It feels great and has a lot of spring.”
What does support mean to you?
I absolutely believe in support being necessary part of the sport. For me, it was important just to learn about the sport. I've had to lean on people to give me an education. How much are bikes? How much should I pay for shoes? What shoes do I need? And so on.
I wouldn't be where I am without the support of my friends, family and teammates. Support means a whole lot to me. It’s really, really important to succeed in triathlon.
Then, of course, there's moral support. You know, I spend a lot of time with myself. I'm in a sport that not many people know about – at least in my circle. So, there’s a guy I grew up swimming with, and he has been sort of my main moral support. He knows how to push me in training sessions. It's really helpful to have someone like him in my life to kind of help me with training.
And because I’m doing so many miles, I need a shoe that's supportive. Training can lead to wear and tear, so having the right equipment to properly support the physical strain I'm putting on my body is really important.
Who is your support system?
I lean on people like my wife. She's always there for me, giving me something to eat or reminding me to get some rest. Then there's my mom and my other family members – people who will give you support during those times when, you know, you've had a hard training session or maybe you fell a little short of your goals. They’ll remind you that just being out there is inspiring. And this helps motivate me to stay in the game.