Näak Ambassador Andy Reed
" I live in an outdoor paradise."
I ran cross country in high school and a few half marathons. I was more of a biker through my 20s and 30s, but after a bad road biking crash I got into adventure racing and trail running. I ran my first hundred miler in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. I like all the long stuff, from 50km to 100 miles+. I’ve yet to win a hundred mile race but I’ve come close! I’m proud to have managed to race at a high level whilst running a busy sport medicine clinic and of course the support of my family has been crucial! I think my biggest accomplishment was starting up the local Dirtbag Runners Bow Valley running club, which has been going strong for over 4 years now. We have a committed group out there every Thursday all year running intervals.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERY DAY TO TRAIN?
I am definitely motivated by races - especially for structured training, but honestly living in an outdoor paradise is also a huge contribution. It’s easy to get out the door and onto the Mountain trails when you live in Canmore!
DO YOU HAVE A PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My Dirtbag Runners crew inspires me the most. We have enthusiastic newbies and seasoned pros pushing really hard every week to be better runners, in all weathers. That inspires me!
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR NOT LOSING ENERGY DURING your races?
Fueling is key, and there are so many options. I think every athlete needs to find what works for them, and it takes some trial and error. Try different nutritional approaches, especially in your long sessions. Find what works and stick to it.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST RACING MEMORY?
I think my best memory was my 16 year old son George pacing me through the final 10 miles and into the finish of Western States 100 in 2016. The rest of the family joined for the final mile or so. That was a pretty awesome moment.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU LIKE TO DO AFTER A RACE?
Well I usually give my wife and crew a hug, then a beer generally follows!
What is your favorite music to surpass yourself in training?
I have an eclectic taste and my running playlists are quite varied - anything from classical to hip hop! It amuses my family that there’s even some T Swift in there haha. I have a few go-to tunes that I won’t share!
What is your favourite Näak product?
Right now, I am loving the Maple Walnut Ultra Energy bars!