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EB58: Exploring Our World by Foot – Grasslands Trail Run – Our Chat with Omar Venzor

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Weighing 235 pounds his sophomore year of college, Omar Venzor of Texas “needed to do something.”

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 

Omar decided to run.

3-4 miles a few times a week.

The weight started dropping.

Inspired by a co-worker’s husband, Omar went after a bucket list item – run a marathon.

It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, but he finished and like many of us before too long, Omar was thinking how he could improve his run…next time.

“Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you’ll go!”  – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 

From marathon and various road scampers, relays, and the Pike’s Peak marathon on mountain trails, Omar has explored a variety of what this sport offers. And he enjoys it all – those places around the world where no vehicle dare tread, to special time with friends wearing their favorite running shoes.

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Omar recently ran his first 50 miler, the Grasslands Trail Run 50M and won it in 8:38:54!

Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • the college 30
  • first race – St. Louis marathon. Lessons and discomfort
  • Pike’s Peak, mountain trails, and 30 minute miles
  • TIR Relay Awesomeness, the fun of relays
  • Omar’s favorite local trail
  • why trails?
  • training and the benefits of swimming
  • Grasslands 50 with many great miles with Sabrina Little and John Martinek, plus the late race nutrition that saved his race


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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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