Profile: Asst Coach Cory

In his seventh season as an Assistant Coach, Cory Rarick has seven marathons under his belt. He trains with the Red group and is trying hard to keep the S in “fast.”

Favorite marathon:
Seattle was my first so there are some good memories there (probably all before mile 11… can you say BONK?) All others have been Portland, so my favorite would have to be one of two Portland’s that if I had to I could have (possibly) gone 30 miles.

Biggest obstacle you face in training:
Working graveyard.

Favorite race day musician/song:
Have never listened to music during marathon, only during the week. When asked for Hood to Coast last year, I chose “Carry on your Wayward Son” by Kansas (Rockin’ it OLD SCHOOL!)

PR:
Driving solo: Iowa City to Portland in two days (15.5 and 16.5 hour days) Marathon: 4:44 (feel free to ask again after Eugene)

What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?
I think of my father, who even as a double amputee kept going.

Best advice you’ve ever received:
“Look both ways before crossing the street.” As true today as it was back then. “You’ll never run faster than __ minute miles, if you always run __ minute miles.” The advice works for all times.

Strangest sight while out on a run:
Two words: “Urban Iditarod!”

Favorite running gear:
My running buddies!

A few shout-outs to:
Portland Fit: it changed my life, what started as a way to drop some lbs evolved into gaining a circle of friends that I feel truly blessed to be a part of. Dave & Paula Harkin: After only a few moments or words exchanged, and I depart feeling better than before. (Not to mention the guy has won marathons and he coaches the Reds!) To my wife: who allowed me to be “away” every Saturday (until mid-afternoon in the early years if nap is included), as well as hearing me go on and on about my running peeps – including my “running wife”.

And one more thing:
For the record, the photo was taken with another team’s van – I’ve heard that said about me before except, the word “fast” didn’t have the “s” included.