Husband and father of 2, 28 year old Timothy Sharlow is our Runner of the Week. The Broussard, LA native started doing triathlons in 2009 and says “I started doing triathlons and it was merely part of the process, I ended up loving it and can’t seem to stop.”
Timothy usually runs 30-40 miles per week but has started Crossfit recently, so he has cut down on his mileage. He completed his first Ultra Marathon, Mount Cheaha 50k this year and he has a 50 Miler and a 100k scheduled for this year as well. Timothy claims, “I’m not fast, I’m efficient.” but we bet he could give Brandon Williams a run for his money!
Favorite place to run? Hands down, no second thought, Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, La.
What shoes do you run in? Road shoes I alternate between Brooks Launch and Brooks Pure Cadence. For the trails I am a big fan of the Salomon Speed Cross 3’s.
Favorite & least favorite workout? Absolute favourite workout is definitely squats or anything involving squats. I would do squats everyday if it didn’t hurt so badly. Least favourite, probably upper body weight lifting. I don’t do it often, because I don’t like it… lol
What does the voice in your head say when you want to give up? It assures me that at some point this will end, it is at my discretion when, and how long or short this hurt will continue, but if I just keep going, the pay-offs are worth the suffering.
Guilty pleasure? Rice krispies treats, but if you tell anyone I will deny it. lol
One piece of training gear you can’t live without? For the roads it’s my Cliff Shot’s or my Teko Wool socks, for the trails it’s my camel back hydration pack or my hand held water bottle. And above all, my Vespa!
Who or what do you look to for motivation? I am motivated by so many things. I started running for the sake of training, now I run for the sake of my family. I have a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful daughters. I want them to grow up healthy and educated and that starts with me leading the way. If they see slouching, they too will slouch, if they see running shoes, they too will want running shoes… hopefully. lol
Pet peeve of other runners or races? The only complaint I have ever had for racing have been in my road races. I try to be as honest about completion times and I expect others to do the same. But when I am less than 1 mile in to a race and there are people walking, some holding hands blocking half of a path I get really frustrated. I think, how in the world did they start that far ahead of me?
Do you have a bad habit? Too many to list.
Favorite pre race/workout snack? Honey Stinger Waffle, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, Boost, Cliff Shot & Vespa
Favorite electrolyte replacement? E-gels are really good, but I don’t use them all the time. I’ll mix Carbo Pro or Endurance First Recovery in my hand held.
Favorite post race/workout meal? Hmmm, pretty much the greasiest place around. HAHA
In your opinion, what is your biggest achievement? In running, staying relatively injury free. I know it sounds trivial but it means a lot to me to be able to get up and feel confident about my workouts. So far the single most notable accomplishment was completing the Ultra I ran. The race website stated that there would be 2,870 feet of elevation, what we ran was actually over 8,000 feet of elevation. There’s no way to train for that here, I was crying at mile 28 looking up at a mountain side knowing I had to make it to the top to finish, I was determined to finish.
Lifetime goal? Again, I assume this is all pertaining to running! Lifetime goal? That’s a loaded question, I’m only 28. I want to run Leadville. I want to do Ultra’s in at least 5 countries. Specifically, China, UAE, Italy, England & Fiji. Don’t ask me why I picked those places!
What’s your secret weapon? Psychology. Seriously, I have a very strong psychology about less than appealing situations. We would need a beer to get in to that history.