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Running The River Bank: Matthew Riegler

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Matthew Riegler

Matthew Riegler

Downtown Grand Rapids will be packed with runners on Saturday, May 8 for the 33rd running of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Originally a 25k (15.6 mile) road race, the event has now expanded to include 10k (6.2 mile) and  5k (3.1 mile) run and a 5k community walk.

Running the 10k is Matthew Riegler an architect who lives on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

Which race are you running, and why?
I'm running the 10k. I've been running for 25 years, off and on. Running is the only way I can keep in shape and keep from gaining weight. I'll run for stretches for over a few years and then not run and take it back up again. I need to have a race planned otherwise I won't run.

Are you a repeat racer?
I've probably run the 25k six times and the 10k and 5k once each.

Describe your training program.
I wasn't training for the River Bank Run specifically. The first time I ran it (the 25k) I pulled the Greg Meyer training plan out of the newspaper and followed it. I've done it enough times now that I make sure I get enough miles a day each week and a long run on Sunday. I had surgery last month, so I've cut back some and my short runs are 3-4 miles, building to 4-5. I'd like to get back to the 25k, but I don't think that will happen.

What is appealing to you about running?
It is almost a meditation for me. I run first thing in the morning and it kind of sets my brain for the whole day. Not only physically but mentally, I'm a different person when I run in the morning.

What animal do you run like?
Clydesdale is the obvious answer. But really, I'm a pretty efficient runner, I don't have a lot of wasted motion. Maybe a dog, when they run they are comfortable and it seems very natural for them.

Do you run with music or not? What kind?
Yes, music. Rock, alternative and indie music.  I rank all my songs and I have only the five-star songs on my i Pod so I know it is going to be good. Stuff with a good beat.  

Biggest fear about running the River Bank Run?
None anymore. I've done it enough that I'm used to it.


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