I’ve been dropping these community spotlights unintentionally on Monday’s, and honestly am so happy it worked out that way! Getting to read through everyone’s story is such an inspiring way to start the week!
Meet Jamie Lund, aka “runningfreak_13.1”. He’s one of the fastest and most positive guys around. Every picture he posts, I look straight to the bottom to see the pace. It’s truly amazing how he FLYs!
I am Jamie Lund, 42 years old. I’m originally from Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Living in Edmond, Oklahoma, thank you to the United States Air Force. Currently stationed at Tinker AFB, OK. I will be retiring from the Air Force April 1st, 2018. I have been blessed to be able to serve the people of the United States of America for almost 20 years. If you ask if I would do it again, I would say in a heartbeat! I’m a father to two awesomazingly (not a word, but it sounds perfect for those two) women (20 and 17) and I have two furbabies (Atlas & Aesa).
How’d you get your start? You’re clearly fast, what’s your running background?
Back in April 2003, I was going through Airman Leadership School and we had to wear our blues uniform. I was not happy with how I looked or felt in my uniform. I thought I looked unprofessional while wearing my blues. I was popping out of it and could barely button my top button. I swore I would never wear that uniform again. A good friend of mine was going to be in the next class after mine and he asked if I would like to be his guest at his graduation. I told him that I really didn’t want to get in my blues again, but he’s a great friend so I started figuring out what I could do to lose weight. I came up with working out, running, and eating correctly. I started doing the Atkins diet, running about 2-3 miles, 3-4 times a week. I was following everything to a T on my diet, running and working out, I started to notice the weight coming off. By the way, I started this plan at 215lbs. I did this right up to my buddies graduation night. So in a month and a half, I went from 215lbs. down 180lbs. and swimming in my uniform. I couldn’t be more excited. Once I saw the benefits of living healthy, I have not stopped and I pass along my story of how I started and where it’s taking me.
I may have started to run in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I really got into running. I had a friend who was going to be running her first half and she suggested that I should sign up and run with her. I was kinda nervous about doing it, only because I had never ran a half before. Eventually I agreed and signed up for the Rock N Roll Mardis Gras half Feb 2011. I was so nervous before we began, then as we got going, I felt comfortable and realized I could actually do this and finished my first half in 1:34:01 [GEEEEEZZZZZ]. From that moment on I fell in love with running.
What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome in training?
The hardest thing to overcome while training has always been believing in myself. I don’t run or train with groups, I go out and do it on my own. So the mind games come into play and I have to rely on my mental strength. There are days when I’m out there and there’s a little voice that says to me, why are you doing this? You’re not gonna be able to run that far! You’re not fast enough! At first I couldn’t get past those negative thoughts. So I asked folks that have been running for awhile, for some help. One of the greatest tips I ever received, is to always find something positive out of a bad run. Once I started doing that, I believed I could do anything.
How do you balance life, service and training?
Being in the AF we have 3 core values, Service before self, Integrity and Excellence in all we do. One thing I can say about being able to balance life, service and training is my ability to prioritize my everyday life. I don’t have much of a social life, besides seeing people out riding, running or whatever tickles their fancy. So I always make sure the family is taken care of, I always do my work with high standards and on time. I train with the mentality of one of the AF core values, Excellence in all we do!
You just ran the Puppy Run 10k, next is the OK Half Marathon. Do you go into these races with goals in mind or just let it come to you?
The Puppy Run was a great event. Yes it was a virtual event. When I was preparing for my first virtual event, I did not know what to expect. I knew I could go out anywhere I wanted and run as slow or fast as I made it. The day of the event I felt really good and thought, let’s see how I do in the 1st mile. My 1st mile came across my headphones and said I was running a 6:47/mile. Once I heard that, I pictured all the women and men in this amazing community going out everyday and bringing it to the #crushitzone. I couldn’t let you or the community down and I just crushed the run. To be honest with you, in all my events I go to the start line with the mentality of I just want to finish, but once I’m in race mode or see people in front of me, I shift it into what I call #jamiedrive and set new goals every mile I run. My mind is constantly running the numbers when I’m out on the course. [THAT IS ABSOLUTELY EPIC!]
Any bucket list races?
I have several races that I would love to check off the bucket list. The first is the Boston Marathon. The Boston has been my toughest challenge yet, but I know I will qualify and run in the Boston Marathon one day. My other bucket list races are the Air Force Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and the New York Marathon.
What’s your biggest source of motivation?
My younger sister (Jodi)! She always says that I’m her biggest motivator and inspiration. She was overweight for awhile and it has always bothered her until she saw what I was doing. She started working out with a trainer and losing weight. She was registering and participating in 5k’s and 10k’s and kicking butt. I’m so proud of her for losing 150lbs to date. She has the mentality of never giving up and always be better than who you were yesterday. So my hat off to my sister for being my greatest motivator.
As you’ve gone through this journey, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
As I said earlier, the greatest advice I have received is to always find something positive out of a bad run. I always look at what was positive about my run or anything in life in general. That advice has carried me through a lot.
If someone was going to make you a personal cheering sign, what would it say?
Haha, it would definitely be & I already have @stephaniejolife telling me what she would say, “hey runningfreak, I like your stamina!!”
Looking through your medal drawer, which one holds the most significance for you??
I actually have 2 medals that hold the most significance to me. The first one is my Disneyland Half Marathon medal, I got a new PR at that race (1:27:13) and came in 3rd overall military division. My second medal is definitely my first full Marathon, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Learned a lot about my capabilities that day and running in remembrance of the 168 who lost their life.
Any personal shoutouts?
Definitely need to give you (slkeene) a shoutout, everyday you are killing it and I can’t help but feel motivated. So thank you for what you do day in and day out. @stephaniejolife needs a huge shoutout as well. She has been wonderful with not only listening to me when it comes to her training, but she also helps me get better everyday as well.
Dude, you rock Jamie! Keep crushin it!