Every Tuesday we’ve gotten into the habit of posting a profile on a Legion athlete. Today, we feature Jose Ortiz. Recently, Ortiz posted that he almost gave up the sport of running a while back. We here at LVL HQ are glad that he didn’t. He’s having a great year. Read this profile of him from our Nov/Dec 2012 issue.
Name: Jose Ortiz
Nickname: My friends call me “Sway”
Residence: Methuen, MA
What pays the bills: I have a full time job at a medical company in Bedford, MA
1) 70:31 half marathon
2) 15:30 5K
3) 26:16 5 miles
4) 26:02 8k
5) 4:35 mile
2) mile repeats
3) Texan miles
(Editor’s Note: Texan miles are 2k, mile, 2k, mile, for as many as needed.)
Average Miles per Week
Places to Run
I do all of my runs around my hometown in Methuen, but time to time I go to Lowell, Newburyport, and Haverhill.
“If you put in the work and be patient, you will see results.”
High: Thus far it would be running a 70:31 half marathon last October.
Low: It would be getting injured my senior your of high school heading toward outdoor track.
Running Shoes: Right now I am training in the new Saucony RIDE 5.
Workout songs: I really don’t listen to music when working out, but right now I would have to say it would be “Truck Yeah” by Tim McGraw..Yeah I know it’s a country song..lol!
Book: I don’t read much, but my favorite book is called The Beach Road by James Patterson.
Hobbies: I don’t have many hobbies, but I am trying to learn how to play the guitar.
Proudest moment: Helping my Methuen Rangers win our 5th consecutive MVC title.
Best Distance Runner of All Time: For me I would have to say Haile Gebrselassie.
Local Running Hero: Wow, there are so many, but I would have to say Craig Fram.
Prerace ritual: I like to crack jokes to stay loose; it helps with the nervousness.
Oddest thing that has happened to you during a run: One cold and snowy winter day, I was out for my run, and a lady asked if I could help dig her car out. I couldn’t say no. We dug the car out, but it took over 30 minutes of shoveling and moving the car back and forth. Eventually, we got the job done, but I almost froze.
If you would like to read more from our Nov/Dec 2012 issue, click here.