Parent Interview: Paul Loomis

Meet Paul Loomis, a running mentor, certified Road Runners Club of America running coach, parent in the district, and co-founder and  race director of the Malta 5k (#runninggoals). The Malta 5k started in 2010 and has raised over $200,000 to support veterans group. This year’s event  will be held on September 8th at Hudson Valley TEC-SMART and runs through GlobalFoundries Fab 8’s campus. 

Loomis also started the Roundabout Runners Club. The club currently practices 2 nights a week at the Ballston Spa High School track from 6:30 to 7:30 on Monday & Thursday nights, and welcomes any runners from 8-18 to come and learn the lifelong sport of running.

How long have you been running? 10 years

How many races have you participated in? Over 100

What is the most memorable one? New York City Marathon

What’s your 5k PR? 18:10 track and 21:30 road race

What do you love most about running? I can run with friends, adults or children I coach. Running is a lifelong sport.

How many miles do you run a week? 25-30 miles

What’s your typical running schedule? 4-5 days a week. 2 days with kids club and long run on Sunday with Fleet Feet ½ and full marathon Program (I am a mentor)

What time of day do you enjoy running? 5AM

Where do you like to run? Luther Forest Technology Campus and 100 acre wood trails

Do you have any running partners? I have a Starbucks run crew in Saratoga, a group that runs in Malta in Luther Forest and I have a speedy friend that challenges me to push my pace.

How do you motivate each other? Using the Strava fitness app. (like Facebook for exercise)

Do you have any long-term running goals? Reach 1,000 total miles each year

What’s your goal for the Scotties Stampede 5k? Goal is to pace Megan, my 10 year old daughter, and beat her time from last year.

Tell us one of your favorite memories about running. Completing the 1st Scotties Stampede. It was my oldest daughter’s 1st 5k. I got to run with her and my middle daughter. Crossing the finish line with the 2 of them brought me so much joy.

How long have you been coaching? 5 years

What got you into coaching? When my daughter Megan wanted to run with me when she was 6.

What resources do you recommend for runners? Runners World Facebook Page, Road Runners Club of America and USATF National

What are your top 3 tips to stay healthy? 1) mix up your runs, 2) make sure you schedule off days, and 3) do not run through pain

What advice do you have for beginner runners? Don’t give up and don’t expect it to be easy at first

What’s the best running advice you’ve ever received? Your mind gives up before your body

What is the number one mistake you see runners make? Going out too fast at a race and having no gas in the tank to finish

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