Run Grouper of the Week: Roger Benson

Introducing Run Grouper of the Week. A series of regular profiles to spotlight some of our most endorphin-addicted friends and expand everyone’s pace group. This week’s runner of the week is Roger Benson, Roger just completed his first half-marathon over the weekend in, the New Orleans Jazz Half, so if you see Roger and he sounds like your speed, say hi and make a new benson_roger_2running buddy tonight!
Roger you just completed your first half this past weekend at the New Orleans Jazz , how was it?  Did you hit the time you were shooting for?  Conditions effect you at all… 
It was a great race. That being said, I didn’t hit the time I had in mind, like a lot of folks. It was much hotter than I had expected and didn’t adjust my pacing at the beginning to make up for the heat and sun. That mistake made for a rough 2nd half.
Is there anything that stands out about your run down St.Charles/downtown/Audubon Park?
Yes. We’re lucky to be able to run in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Rewinding back to before the race, is there anything as a first timer you think you learned about training that you would like to impart to someone who may be thinking about taking the leap themselves?  
Slow down! It’s the only way to increase your distance. That was (and still is) the hardest thing for me. Oh and use plenty of Body Glide when it’s hot out.
A lot of people run a half and a full, and either swear off running for a while, or get absolutely addicted and start planning their next.  Do you fall into either of these categories?
Since Saturday I’ve registered for the Ole Man River Half in December and the St. Pete Beach Classic Half in Florida in January, so I’d say I’m hooked.

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How many Huma gels would you say you consumed leading into the half, took during the half, and how does it feel to know you single handedly paid to keep the LRC’s lights on in the months of August, September, and October with your vast quantities consumed while doing so…
By the time I crossed the finish line that morning, I’d eaten 2 bananas, a bagel and 5 Huma gels. Overkill? If Sushi Brothers had been open I would have stopped in for a St. Charles Roll.
Strawberry or Apple Cinnamon Huma?
Strawberry all the way.
How many run groups would you say you have made and what would you say your favorite post run treat is.
15 or so since I started coming in August and my favorite post run treat is a Huma gel with an Andygator chaser.
Typical run group pace/distance?
3 miles @ 10 min/mile.
What is your favorite part of the city to run, and why?
Uptown, which is one of the reasons I ran the Jazz Half. It’s just beautiful there.
Finally when you are not running, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my fiance Julie, Max, our Jack Russell Terrier and Lady Bird, our kitten.
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