Time to meet the last member of our Ragnar Sweat Pink – Los Coyotes team! Say hello to Michael, aka The Brosh! (For the record, it’s pronounced “bro-sh.”)
One of Jamie’s friends from her SF days, he’s made the move up to Portland as well and gets his sweat on regularly with our Flex & Flow squad. When he’s not running or yoga’ing with us, he can be found riding his bike around Portland between coffee shops and pubs, bagging peaks, and creek crawling to off-the-mat scenic destinations.
That’s some gorgeous cross-training!
Find out a little bit more about this mountain man!
When and how did you fall in love with trail running?
Officially fell hard mid-way through running the Fueled By Fine Wine Half Marathon in a gopher hole between rows of grapes. It opened my eyes to all the hidden areas we seldom think to run just because it’s not on a road. The unlimited free wine post-race helped solidify my love for just finishing. Unofficially found trail love as the campsite scouter during long PCT sectional backpacking trips with my dad. Near the end of a long day of hiking he would encourage me to run ahead to find & set up camp. Then began the exhilaration of slicing through forests of uneven terrain while trying to balance a 40lb pack. The challenge of remaining upright at speed while keeping my head on a swivel for campsites ignited my competitive spirit and lust for precarious trail runs.
What’s your favorite trail you’ve run?
Thielsen Creek to the summit of Mt. Thielsen mostly along the PCT. It’s a mixture of smooth single track that gradually turns into a monstrous bouldering sprint to keep your momentum while not loosing your footing.
What are your race day preparation rituals?
Just so I know what I’m getting into I prefer to lightly jog or walk sections of the race course a day or two before. Drinking as much water as I can the day before along with some light yoga. In the morning I’ll make sure to fuel up with plenty of fancy granola or toast (#fancytoast shout-out), double dip of HANAH ONE daily superfood and a small cup of coffee. Double check my gear and stash snacks in all the hidden pockets unless the race is well supported.
How do you stay motivated to keep running?
During a race I’ll start to find other runners with slightly faster paces that I try to keep in eye-sight. If I fall too far behind I’ll banter with myself to take my mind off any physical hotspots or defeating thoughts. In general I feed off the passion of other runners in my local community and try to keep a bi-weekly group run on my calendar.
How do you recover after a long run?
BEER! EAT! YOGA! REST! And repeat as necessary. If it’s hot and there’s a water hole nearby I’ll immediately jump in for a quick swim to activate my other muscles and then float for awhile. If I could only pick two it would be BEER and YOGA.
What’s one of your “best” or funniest running fail moments?
While hurdling over log jams descending a long creek canyon with my younger brother; I threw myself over a beaver dam and spotted a beautifully large log to land on. I stuck the landing perfectly but the log was rotten and my body continued through the log as if it was made of noodles (bark noodles). As I completely passed through the entire log I kept thinking I would hit the creek bed with my feet but my arms found some more secure branches to wrap around and I was stuck dangling in a rotten log jam. Sounds like a new brand of Smucker’s PNW jam but this one did not taste as good as it sounded.
Follow along on Brosh’s epic adventures!
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