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2010 Race Team- Nick Whited

Nick Whited
Nick Whited runningAge: 31
Occupation: Counselor- focusing on traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse addictions

I’ve been running a majority of my life, finally figuring out the proper ways to train. I love to train for trail races and road races alike; being a former 4:17 miler, I have a fondness for the track races as well and enjoy the aspects of racing and socializing. I’m 31 years old and recently was married on October 31, 2009 to Maria and we live in Bluefield, VA – the tallest city east of the Mississippi.

Years Running: 16 years

Favorite Trail Race: Mount Mitchell Challenge, Iron Mountain 50 Miler, New River 50k

Favorite Training Trail: The Appalachian Trail

What I like about running:
The challenge of getting out everyday and enjoying the scenery. The feeling of nerves and fatigue on race day and when they are both gone after the starting gun.

Tips for other runners:

Don’t overtrain; enjoy the journey; and hire a coach – it will make a difference in your running at any level.

Lifelong Running Goals:
To continue to live a healthy lifestyle and encourage others to participate in the sport that has treated me so well and to continue to have an impact on the environmental aspect of trails and helping create more trails in local areas.

2009 Races and Past Accomplishments:
Injured and sick most of the spring (over training)
Found a balance in the summer, placing 2nd in the gnarly West Virginia Highland Sky 40 Mile ultra, then placing 20th in the deep Charleston, WV 15 mile road race in 1:35.20, a 2nd at the Odyssey Trail Marathon in Covington, VA finishing under the old CR, then finishing 3rd at the New River 50k before ending the season with a horrid performance at JFK (injured).
Ended up with a 16:59 5k on the roads as well.

4:17 mile PR
Currently working on my PhD in Pastoral Care Counseling.
2008 Season:
Frosty 50k 4th
Bull Run 50 Miler 8th
Rattlesnake 50k – 2nd
New River Trail 50k 4th

Race Calendar for 2010:
March – Bel Monte 50k
April – Roanoke, VA Marathon (Blue Ridge Marathon)
July – Rattlesnake 50k
September – Charleston, WV 15 miler
October – Tussey Mountainback 50 miler
November – Richmond Marathon

 

Here’s what Nick has to saw about his gear:



 

Goes the Extra Mile

SmartWool Headliner

SmartWool Headliner

Nick Whited Staff Expert from Bluefield, VA on 1/27/2010

Sizing: Feels true to size
Pros: Warm, Breathable, Durable, Attractive Design, Lightweight
Best Uses: Commuting, Extreme Cold, Travel, Athletics
Describe Yourself: Trendy, High-end shopper, Comfort-oriented, Athletic, Stylish
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about SmartWool Headliner:
This cap does it all. It provides super warmth despite it being so lightweight and thin. I’ve utilized this handy piece in numerous races where elevation changes occur rapidly so I can stuff it in my shorts and use it again when I get chilled. It is also very durable as I have had it for over 4 years and it still looks brand new.

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The Best, Most Durable Hand Held

Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus

Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus

Nick Whited Staff Expert from Bluefield, VA on 1/27/2010

Pros: Good Capacity, Impact Resistant, Slim Design, BPA Free, Unique Design, Retains Temperature
Best Uses: Camping, River Trips, Cycling, Everyday, Gym, Hiking
Describe Yourself: Outdoor Professional
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus:
I’ve relied on ultimate direction for years. These hand helds hold up, and I can atest to that. I have taken numerous spills with my (original one from almost 10 years ago) bottle and strap taking the brunt many times; despite some slight wear signs it still holds up. The strap fits well and allows my hand to breath in hot weather. When I trail race I always rely on this handy little bottle and strap to get me through to the finish.

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These Socks are Truly Darn Tough

Darn Tough Coolmax 1/4 Sock

Darn Tough Coolmax 1/4 Sock

Nick Whited Staff Expert from Bluefield, VA on 1/27/2010

Fit: Feels true to size
Pros: Comfortable, Stylish, Regulates Temperature Well, Good Design, Wicks Away Moisture, Durable
Best Uses: Daily Use, Travel, Running, Team Sports, Hiking, Working Out
Describe Yourself: Competative Athlete
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Darn Tough Coolmax 1/4 Sock:
Simply put, these socks LAST! I’m still using my original pair from four years ago, talk about DARN TOUGH. These socks are made in the USA and are comfortable beyond description. The coolmax does not last as long as the merino wool versions but cannot be beat in the summer months. When I show up to race an ultra or a road race, you can count on me wearing these comfortable socks that have never given me a blister, even on my 35 mile 7 ½ hour trek on the AT (Appalachian Trail) where 70% of the run was in ankle deep water from recent flooding.

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Great to Wear Post Race/Workout

Mountain Khakis Teton Twill Pant (Men's)

Mountain Khakis Teton Twill Pant (Men’s)

Nick Whited Staff Expert from Bluefield, VA on 1/27/2010

Fit: Feels true to size
Sleeve Length: Feels true to Length
Chest Size: Feels true to Size
Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable, Warm, Windproof, Breathable
Best Uses: Cold Weather, Casual Wear, Wet Weather, Hiking and Camping
Describe Yourself: Outdoor Professional
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Mountain Khakis Teton Twill Pant (Men’s):
The Nano Puff is indeed light, warm, compressible, etc. I also like to wear it running in cold temps. The Nano Puff heats up quickly, so running temps for this piece are single digits to teens. I normally wear it when I’m running at or below base pace, anything more and it would be too warm. It has great wind protection also for those cold, windy runs.

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