Run Long ~ Run Strong: How old are you?
Matt B: 43
RLRS: Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)?
MB: Married to fellow RLRS athlete – Barbara Balossi. We have three boys ages 22,15,12. We live in SoCal and I am the Assistant Head of School for Sage Hill School – a private, independent high school in Newport Beach.
RLRS: When and why did you start running?
MB: I played soccer in high school and college but used to hate running until my soccer days started to wind down and I found it the best way to stay in shape. When I was younger, I ran a bunch, mostly on the road. Several Half Marathons, two full marathons. A couple 20k trail races. I never “raced”, just used them as training goals. I took a long break from running though due to a series of back and knee injuries and am now psyched to be back and feeling good!
RLRS: What keeps you motivated to train?
MB: I love training on trails – being outside, in nature, on a trail – the more remote the better. Clears my head and soul. I love to push myself physically, too. My work is very interpersonal and often ‘heady’. On the trail I rejuvenate and recharge mentally and emotionally.
RLRS: What are your hobbies outside of running?
MB: I enjoy hanging with family, cooking, mountain biking, camping, backpacking, fishing. I also love to watch a good sporting competition (Avid Liverpool and StL Cardinals fan. Will enjoy watching playoff/finals of just about any sport too.)
RLRS: What is your favorite race?
MB: I don’t have a favorite, yet.
RLRS: What is your bucket list event?
MB: Hmm, would like to pull off 50 and 100 milers.
RLRS: What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race?
MB: I’ve got nothing on this one, so far.
RLRS: What is your proudest race moment?
MB: Probably my first full marathon.
RLRS: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
MB: I wish I knew how much more fun it was to run trails then on the road.
RLRS: What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
MB: Just relax and enjoy it!