An Interview with Gregory Byerline - From Couch to Road to Trail - Episode 61
What you'll hear on this episode:
In preparing to run my first ultra marathon, the September 22nd 35 mile Georgia Jewel, I met Gregory Byerline. He had interviewed Georgia Jewel race directors Jenny and Franklin Baker on his podcast - The Collected Clan
As I got to know Gregory I realized we have a lot in common. We are both older dads - I'm actually and older older dad than Gregory, so I won't drag him completely into my company - but we both started this dad gig late. It's driven us to have a mutual desire to stay fit and healthy and be there for our kids. We also share a belief we can use our running journeys to shape the character of our kids.
Gregory talks about falling in love with the trails. He told me sometimes it's nice to escape the masses of humanity that often overwhelm our ability to think and hear and imagine. Gregory is a photographer, so the trails often spark his creative side.
We spend time talking about the trail community - full of free thinkers and creatives - and why the trails appeal to this group.
We talk about the vast distances between trail running and road racing, and how the training is different.
We even talk about old church hymns - and how they connect to running. Yes, we were able to make that connection.
One of my favorite parts of the conversation was exploring Gregory's love for running under the full moon once each month. It's a love that inspired him to found The Moonshine Runner's Society. He actually has me interested in tackling my own moonlight miles.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with my friend Gregory Byerline.
Introduction and closing song: One Flame to Burn (Prospect 7)
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