Nate Jenkins was featured in an interview and a video on the Runner’s World website this week. It’s a pretty big deal. Here’s an excerpt:
He’s no longer a full-time professional runner. Jenkins, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2004, is a seventh grade math teacher at Haverhill Middle School in Haverhill, Massachusetts. His new gig isn’t keeping him from training for the marathon with loads of miles and hard work—even if the training isn’t as intense as the 131 miles per week he averaged over an 18-month period in 2004 and 2005.
“My weekly mileage hasn’t been that high,” Jenkins says. “I would guess it’s between 80 and 105.”
He fits the miles around his busy schedule. Each morning, he and his wife, Melissa Donais, a nurse practitioner who ran at Yale, wake at 5 a.m. and go for a four- to six-mile jog around North Andover with their dog, Uta, a Brittany named after three-time Boston champ Uta Pippig. Then he heads to school. The day moves quickly, Jenkins says, because of having to be on top of his game in front of 30 kids class after class. Some of his students know of his running success, but Jenkins says it’s not too big of a deal.
Here’s the video, which we are thrilled to say features the Level beanie quite prominently. Thanks to Nate for wearing it (and Runner’s World for not editing it out, haha):
The whole thing is worth a read so go and check it out if you haven’t already. Nate is definitely one of the guys you should be tracking on Monday. He will be wearing bib #38, and hopefully only have half that many guys in front of him. Good luck to Nate!