RunningLane Athlete Highlight: Billy Rose
Billy Rose has been a RunningLane athlete for almost five years now. His running career has featured a huge transformation. From 48 min 5k to a sub 19 min 5k, Billy has really come far. So far 2019 had been full of PRs for Billy. This fall Billy is racing the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and we cannot wait to see what he does! Take a read, and get to know a little more about Billy.
How long have you been running and how did you get started?
I started running 11 years ago. My company was the main sponsor for the 5k that takes place the day before the Mercedes Marathon. A co-worker somehow talked me into doing it since it was free. I didn’t train at all. I cramped up a quarter of a mile in and struggled to a 48:08 finish. It really opened my eyes to how out of shape I was so I started running to see if I could do better.
What are you currently training for?
My main focus is on the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November. I also have 2- 5ks and 2- half marathons leading up to Indy.
What are some goals you have for 2019?
Main goal is a sub 3 hour marathon which would also get me goal #2, qualify for Boston. I’m also hoping for a 1:25 or so half marathon, and I would like to hit 2500 miles for the year.
What is your favorite race?
The Louisiana Half Marathon is a new favorite. I ran it for the first time this past January. I think things just came together perfectly. The weather was perfectly frigid and the course was both interesting and flat. Usually I’m dying towards the end of a race, but for some reason I was on cloud 9 in the last few miles of this one. It was also my first time under 1:30 for the half and Baton Rouge knows how to throw an after party.
Where is your favorite place to run?
Red Mountain Park. It is really pretty running through the woods and they are always making small improvements.
What are some of your favorite running memories?
Finally breaking 20 minutes for a 5k in late 2016. It was a barrier that 48:08 5k Billy never thought he would break. It really opened up the possibilities to a lot of other goals that I would never have considered possible.
Completing my first half marathon at Mercedes 2012. Time wise it was nothing special but the perceived effort it took me to train for and complete this race is unmatched by anything else I’ve done in running. I still get a little teary eyed thinking about it, and I’m not sure I’ll ever feel that way about another race finish.
The countless runs with my 2 dogs are all great memories…except for when they see a deer and try to kill me.
How long have you been with Runninglane and why did you get a coach?
I joined Runninglane in October of 2014. Getting a coach was mostly by accident. I don’t really believe in everything happening for a reason, but I ran a 5k and got beat by a 50 year-old. After the race he mentioned getting a coach was the best thing he ever did. I didn’t think anything of it. Not long after that I befriended Will on Facebook after he helped me pick out some shoes at Fleet Feet. I noticed he was co-owner of Runninglane and was curious, so I asked him about it next time I saw him and the rest is history.
Why do you run?
My reasons have changed over the years. Initially it was just to get into better shape and redeem myself from my tragically bad first 5k. Now I run because I love the run community, love running with my dogs and enjoy the competition at races.