Posted on September 30, 2015Mike's Running Story
This month's athlete feature is Mike Orrico! Mike is a very popular runner in the St. Louis running community! Read all about his exciting running adventures in his interview below!
MS: What got you into running?
MO: I played a lot of different sports as a kid and loved to just run around. However, I don’t think I truly started running until we found out we were going to have our first child. I was out of shape and wanted to be around a long time for my kids.
MS: Who has had the biggest influence on your running career?
MO: There have a been a bunch of individuals but I cannot single one out. It would have to be our little running group the WolfPack. It is a group of friends that like to run. They are some great runners and more importantly great friends.
MS: It's my understanding you were a life long baseball player who has now converted over to marathon running. Please us about that transition.
MO: This is true, I came to St. Louis on a baseball scholarship to SLU. I loved baseball and still do. Growing up playing team sports like baseball and soccer then making the transition to running was tough at first. Running can be a very solitary sport but that is also makes it great. Having a great running group around that you cheer for and feed off each other makes it almost feel like a baseball team.
MS: Where do you see your running in 10 years?
MO: Hopefully still upright and running races with my two boys who are now 5 and 2.
MS: You have a running streak going. Can you please tell us a little more about it?
MO: I just hit 1,000 days and 8,500 miles the day after my birthday on 9/25/15. The streak started after a nudge from a few friends to give it a try. The streak just becomes part of your daily routine now and it is just my time. There have been some rough days in there but I never once finished a run and said that wasn’t worth it.
MS: What group do you usually train with?
MO: The Pack!
MS: Where are some of your favorite places in Missouri to log the miles?
MO: I have a few, first how can you not love Forest Park. It is the gem of St. Louis and a huge part of the running community here. My second is the Katy Trail. I live less than a mile away and you can just get on it and go. Lastly is the Lewis and Clark Trail in Weldon Springs. It is home to the trail race I direct (Corps of Discovery) and I just love being out there, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing.
MS: Do you have any immediate or long term running goals?
MO: Nothing really too specific. I just like to run. I like to run as much as my body and schedule will allow me to.
MS: Favorite band?
MO: Brandon Flowers and the Killers
MS: Favorite post long run meal?
MO: Beer and Steak
MS: St. Louis Cardinals post-season prediction?
MO: World Series!
MS: Coffee before or after you run?
MO: After mainly but will occasionally before.
MS: Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what are you munching on?
MO: Doesn’t everyone? I love chocolate. Any kind.