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Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Runner's World Article Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:53 pm 

Shameless plug time...

My 15 minutes have arrived I guess. Forgive the self promotion, but check me out in the table of contents (p.11) and the article (p.84-86) of the April 2006 Runner's World (the current issue).


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:02 pm 

No way! Is it online somewhere? I cancelled my subscription to Runner's World long ago when they stopped printing anything useful. I'll have to grab the latest issue next time I'm out.

Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:14 pm 

I can't find it on their website yet... I think it lags behind the printed version a bit (although I don't think they put every article from the magazine on line).

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:14 pm 

Got the April "Bricks" issue. 15 minutes of fame?? You're the freakin' feature story! That's amazing! Ownership of the table of contents, a full-page photo, two other half-page photos, and a two page article about you... I'd say that's good for 3 hours of fame at least. :-)

For those who don't subscribe to Runner's World, Here's a scan of the table of contents with Bricks on it:

http://www.runworks.com/templates/runworksClean/images/photos/runnersworld-bricks.jpg

And the text of the article:

Scott Bricker ran on the cross-country team when he was in high school, but after four years of typical undergrad bad habits-- fast food, late-night muching, and drinking-- he graduated college in 2001 weighing more than 200 pounds. When his sister got married right before his 26th birthday, Bricker, an architect in Chicago, had trouble fitting into a tuxedo. He weighed 265 pounds. "That's when I realized things were getting out of hand," he says.

First he eliminated soda, beer, and fried foods from his diet. Like many successful losers, Bricker committed to eating breakfast, a meal he'd always skipped, and kept track of the calories he was consuming. "I looked at it as more of a permanent change in the way I lived rather than a diet," he says.

And Bricker returned to his high school sport. "Even though I was the slowest guy on the cross-country team, I always enjoyed running," he says. "I knew it was something I could stick with." On his first outing, he ran about a half mile from his apartment and had to stop to walk back home. But within three months he was regularly running three miles four days a week. In less than a year, Bricker had lost nearly 90 pounds and was logging 20 to 25 miles a week. He joined a training group, dropped another 15 pounds, and set a goal of running the October 2004 Chicago Marathon in less than four hours. He finished in 3:37.

He ran New York a month later-- and again broke four hours. Flush with success, Bricker upped his mileage, added speed workouts, and soon set a PR for the 5K (19:34), breaking his high school record of 20:54. By then he was down to 155 pounds. "I was officially in the best shape of my life," he says. After he ran a marathon in 3:30 last spring, he says "People in my running group started planting the Boston seed." An ambitious goal: Bricker, 27 at the time, would have to run 3:10 or faster to qualify for Boston.

And he made it, thanks to an 18-week training program that incorporated more traditional speedwork, as well as volume and attention to better gauging his efforts, including recovery runs. "I learned to actually run all my workouts at the correct pace and effort," he says. Last October, Bricker finished Chicago in 3:09:44. "I think it's safe to say I'll be doing marathons regularly for the rest of my life," he says. And even if he did feel like slacking, his running buddies are not about to let him. "As soon as I crossed the finish line in Chicago," he says, "they started telling me I need to break three hours."


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:13 pm 

Holy frickin' crap, that's so sweet! Congrats ona a great article!

When's the Playgirl spread?


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:51 pm 

That's really awesome, Bricks. So did you order 50 copies of the April issue for all your family and friends? You've definitely got to frame that and hang it up with your race medals and stuff.

Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:23 am 

Thanks guys... admittedly itís an odd sensation, being in a national magazine like that. I havenít quite figured out where it ranks as an accomplishment. I still contend the weight-loss itself is a dubious at best. I had to be overweight to achieve it which is nothing to be proud of. The Boston Qualification I pride without hesitation and the accomplishment is obvious. The article about the two falls somewhere in-between I think. Whatever the case, itís pretty Ďneatí, for lack of a better word. Yeah, I bought a few copies, though well shy of 50. I donít know exactly what to do with them (just as I donít know what to do with my medals). Itís been fun to hear from my old Cross Country coach, be in my local running groups newsletter, get called out on the running path. The reaction Iíve gotten from friends and family has been interesting. I think they all saw me run and saw the weight-loss, but never really understood it or realized the extreme level at which I was doing both, where this article gave them something tangible to communicate it. Even still the ones that arenít runners themselves donít quite Ďget ití, but they think itís cool Iím in a magazine in their local bookstore.

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:38 pm 

Hey Bricks, that's very exciting, and some well-deserved recognition for two tremendous accomplishments: the weight loss and change in lifestyle; and the sub 3:10 BQ! Very cool!

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: Runner's World Article Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:43 am 

That's pretty cool Bricks!!! You definitely have an impressive story. Too bad I just stopped subscribing to Runner's World (it's become more of a fashion magazine). I'll have to check it out at Borders next time I'm in there. I'm curious, do they comp you for your time and story? At least a free magazine or copy of their "Runner's World" calendar?

Keep up the good work man. Borrowing a phrase from the Phedipidations pod cast: Run long...and "inspire."


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