In October of 2009 I began my pursuit of fitness. I was fat and out of shape. After spending a little time on google researching, I found myself in my first workout at CrossFit Memphis. I was immediately hooked. I changed my life. I made training part of my daily routine, changed my diet and lost about 30 pounds. Knowing that I was interested in running, one of my coaches at the gym started encouraging me to go and run some longer distance races like 50K’s and 50 milers. I started learning the Pose Method of running and started training for longer distance runs. In December of 2010, I ran my first Marathon, then went on to run my first 50K the following February and my first 50 Miler in April of 2011. Here’s a short little video I did on my first 50 mile race:
Lift Heavy Run Long member info
Name: Von Ralls
Years training: A little over 6 years
Favorite Lifts and PR’s:
Deadlift: 440lbs, Squat: 325lbs
Fastest Mile: 5:45
Fastest race times: 5K: 20:40, Marathon 3:43, 50K 6:01, 50 Mile: 9:30
Longest official run: 50 miles
Days per week you lift: 5-6 Days per week
Days per week you run: 2-3 days
Mileage per week: 5-10 miles
Favorite shoes: Reebok Nano 5.0, Vans
Favorite apparel: Stance Socks, LHRL Shirts, Rehband Knee sleeves
Strongest attribute: Endurance
Food nazi or balls out animal eater: Balls out animal eater.
Sweets or fried: Sweets
2 things you wouldn’t be caught dead without on a run or gym: On a run? Water/Hydration Gym? Shaker Bottle.
Favorite quote: “Relentlessly refusing to sacrifice strength to run long distances.”
Favorite cheat meal: Pizza + Beer
Short term goals: 3:30 Marathon, 12’ Handstand Walk, 350lb squat
Long term goals: 100 Miler
Loud lifter or quiet: Quiet
Hard core focus or like to f!@# around: A little bit of both.
Let em cheat or call em out: Call them out, but it’s my job sometimes to do so.