LVL Profile: Jose Ortiz

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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
Age: 23
Height: 5’6
Weight: 122
Nickname: My friends call me “Sway”
Residence: Methuen, MA
Club: Whirlaway
What pays the bills: I have a full time job at a medical company in Bedford, MA

photo by Krissy Kozlosky

photo by Krissy Kozlosky

Notable PR’s
1) 70:31 half marathon
2) 15:30 5K
3) 26:16 5 miles
4) 26:02 8k
5) 4:35  mile

Favorites Workouts
1) 6×800
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
Between 60-70

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.

Training Philosophy
“If you put in the work and be patient, you will see results.”

Career High/Lowlights
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.

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