Name: “Sherpa” John Lacroix
Number of Years Running: 13
What inspired you to start running:
I wanted to discover what I was truly capable of. How far could I run in the mountains in a day? How many peaks could I cover in a day? I was introduced to Ultra running while making a documentary film on Peak-Bagging in New Hampshire. The two men who introduced me to the sport, never mentioned needing to be able to run in order to be an Ultrarunner. They said I just needed to be stubborn and able to handle discomfort. I was sold.
What is your best or worse running memory:
My best running memory is the 2013 Vermont 100-Mile Endurance Run. The fall before I had ballooned to over 180 lbs. I wanted to return to the Vermont 100 to finish the race for the 5th time; but I wanted more than that. I wanted to shed the weight and I wanted to set a personal best time for the 100-mile distance. So… I got to work and lost 30 pounds on my way to my 5th Vermont 100-Mile Endurance Run Finish and a personal best time of 22:42 (now 20:19). It was fantastic to return to New England to not only run in the race, but to be surrounded by family and friends for the duration.
What keeps you getting out the door everyday:
I am the owner and race director of the Human Potential Running Series. I take my job very seriously and I try to lead by example. I not only have a deep desire to challenge runners to discover what is truly possible within themselves, but I ask the same of myself. I understand that running ultras for the last 13 years could have taken a serious toll on my body, but thanks to my S.M.A.R.T. approach towards the sport, and training consistently has not only afforded me a lot of success, but has afforded me a chance to live a healthy and fulfilling life. All of this gets me out the door.
What is your favorite place to run:
Hard to choose just one! Mt. Evans Wilderness Aream Indian Creek trails in Sedalia, Fairplay, and the mountain trails up behind Palmer Lake.
What is your favorite product:
Salomon S-Lab ADV Skin 12 ST pack
What advice would you give to new runners:
Ditch the watch. Time doesn’t matter. What matters is that there is an A and a B, and your job is to get from A to B. It doesn’t matter what happens in the in-between, what matters is that you get there. As runners we tend to waste exceptional amounts of energy focusing on splits, pace, time, and “stupid runner math.” So fight the urge and ditch the watch. Get your head out of your wrist and into the world around you instead. Follow your compass, not your watch.