15 Questions with Run Team’s Bill Hinton

Posted June 29th, 2016 by Brian Hock

The next Simple Hydration Run Team member to answer 15 Questions is Bill Hinton from Dubuque, Iowa.

1. What is your favorite color?

Although I’m not good at distinguishing different shades of colors, Blue is my favorite – which the Run Team Jerseys are perfect!

2. What is your favorite song right now?

When children’s songs aren’t terrorizing me in my waking life, thanks to my son Finn, I’d say my favorite song right now is “Lake Song” by The Decemberists.

3. What is your favorite book?

Many favorites over the years! Most recently “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline peaked my interest with all the video game nostalgia.

4. What is your favorite movie?

The 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead – besides the whole zombie aspect, I always thought it would be awesome to be camped out in a mall doing anything you wanted.

5. What is your favorite snack food?

Can pizza be classified as snack food or is that a meal? I mean…if you have pizza on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime!

6. What is your favorite word?

I’m on the tail end of my marathon training right now and my favorite word at the moment is Taper.

7. What runners inspire you?

If you run, you inspire me. Every runner has a back story and every runner has their own goal, so I can’t say one specific runner inspires me. I have met so many runners thanks to the Dubuque Running Club that all in their own way have motivated me to be a better runner.

8. What is your favorite workout?

Hill workouts seem to get the best out of me, although hill sprints are not my favorite. Tacking hills on my normal runs have been one of my favorite workouts to get stronger with less impact.

9. What is your favorite running shoe?

It’s very unfortunate that they don’t make them anymore, but my favorite shoe is the New Balance Minimus Road V1. The picture is my sadness in shoe form.

10. What is your favorite race medal or award?

It isn’t anything special, in regards to bling, but I raced a couple days after my son was born (Don’t worry got the wife’s approval!) and it was my first as a Dad.

11. What race would you highly recommend?

The Mines of Spain Trail Run in my hometown of Dubuque Iowa. When most people think of Iowa, they wouldn’t imagine the trail system we have in our back yard.

12. Have you ever bonked in a race?
My first two marathons I ended up bonking all kinds of bad from mile 16 on. Extremely thankful that I was running with my wife as there nothing like bonding over an ultimate breakdown.

13. How many miles have you covered without walking during a run or race?

26.2 – Although I’m hoping to make it slightly longer later this year! Fellow Run Team member Cory Hall has an idea for us to do a “Field of Dreams 50k” for my 30th birthday.

14. Do you prefer running in the summer or winter?

I’ve done workouts in 90+ Degrees and -10 degree. I would definitely say that I prefer winter running. It’s much easier to keep warm than it is to cool down.

15. What is a fun fact about you?

I don’t know if it’s a fun fact or an amazing feat, but I’ve been known to take down an entire roll of saltine crackers without any water.

15 Questions with Run Team’s Kristen Scruggs

Posted June 10th, 2016 by Brian Hock

The next Simple Hydration Run Team member to answer 15 Questions is Kristen Scruggs from Orlando, Florida.

1. What is your favorite color?

I can’t pick just one – I really can’t! I like blue, pink and purple ☺

2. What is your favorite song right now?

“Work from home” by Fifth Harmony

3. What is your favorite book?

I wouldn’t say I have a recent favorite. I don’t read fiction much anymore, I used to read a lot of “chic lit” but now I mainly read about running and nutrition. [Simple Hydration: We decided to post the "The Moms Magazine" Winter 16 Issue cover that featured Kristen on the cover.]

4. What is your favorite movie?

I hardly ever get to see movies or watch TV nowadays with 2 little ones, but I liked “Catch me if you can” with Leonardo Dicaprio in it. Oh, and I liked Fight Club back in the day, too.

5. What is your favorite snack food?

My guilty pleasure snack food is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Protein Bars.

6. What is your favorite word?

I tend to use the word “amazing” a lot.

7. What runners inspire you?

Kara Goucher and Stephanie Bruce.

8. What is your favorite workout?
I love it all – running, weights, HIIT, swimming, spinning, you name it!

9. What is your favorite running shoe?

Brooks is my brand!

10. What is your favorite race medal or award?

I like the space shuttle awards from the Space Coast race, once I’ve finished the series, I will have 7 medals and plan on donating them to Medals for Mettle – Orlando.

11. What race would you highly recommend?

The Boston Marathon, of course! Nothing can compare!

12. Have you ever bonked in a race?

Chicago Marathon last year. I was sick leading up to the race (and on race day) and dropped 5 pounds the week of the race. Mile 20 hit and I had to start walking, my worst marathon to date. I trained so hard for it, too but you just never know.

13. How many miles have you covered without walking during a run or race?

26.2 ☺

14. Do you prefer running in the summer or winter?

Winter!! Here in Orlando the summers are brutal and we don’t really have winters!

15. What is a fun fact about you?

I have two daughters, Aria (almost 4) and Avery (almost 2) and they are my life! I will do anything to make sure my girls are happy!

15 Questions with Run Team’s Yves-Marie Hervault

Posted June 1st, 2016 by Brian Hock

The next Simple Hydration Run Team member to answer 15 Questions is Yves-Marie Hervault from Plelan le Grand, France.

1. What is your favorite color?

I like assemblies of colors as yellow and orange or green and orange. The most beautiful color in nature is bright green as on new leaves in the woods during spring to my sense.

2. What is your favorite song right now?

“Wish you were here” from the Pink Floyd. I’m a big classic rock fan and I like to listen to it very loud in my car when I’m back from my run in the woods!

3. What is your favorite book?

“The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” by Douglas Adams. You even come to ask yourself about the reality of the whole thing while you read it. Oh and about this number 42 also.

4. What is your favorite movie?

“Drive” by Nicolas Winding Refn. I like the kind of constant and controlled pace throughout this movie, it’s close to the same feeling you get while running an ultra.

5. What is your favorite snack food?

Potato chips! I need to eat some when I’m cooking a meal or when I’m back from a run!

6. What is your favorite word?

I would pick two: “Allez” and “Bravo”. That’s what everybody who’s there to cheer on the side of the trail in France during a race tells you. It makes me smile all the time, regardless of how bad I could sometimes feel.

7. What runner inspires you?

There are a few actually and I’m lucky to call them my friends. I would name Ryan Smith (part of the Simple Hydration Ultra racing team) and Ellie Greenwood but I could name almost every runner I could share a run with. These two (who both are Scottish actually) are very impressive runners. But at the same time, they don’t let it come to their head, wouldn’t you know about ultra-running, wouldn’t you think they’re so badass!

8. What is your favorite workout?

Oh boy, I always try to avoid these! I just like to put a pair of shorts and a tee shirt on, step in my running shoes and enter that running motion.

9. What is your favorite running shoe?

The Bushido from La Sportiva. They would never let you down on any kind of trail. They might let your feet feel a bit numb right after you’ve run 100 straight km on rocky trails in them, but they would not ask for a replacement before they have covered 600 or 700 miles!

10. What is your favorite race medal or award?
Medals usually don’t mean much to me, but I look every day at the one I got after I finished my first 100k race last October, which was my longest run. I never thought I could be capable to run such a long distance. I even cried when I passed the finish line. I’m glad this one medal is a big heavy one.

11. What race would you highly recommend?

Maybe the first ultra I ran last year (that also was my first race ever): Behind the Rocks Ultra in Moab. That’s a pretty low key race, but very well organized at the same time and I had all my Rocky Mountain Runner friends around to make it be a great one.

12. Have you ever bonked in a race?

I’ve felt terrible in races and during some other long runs. But as my friend Silke (part of the Simple Hydration Ultra Racing Team) would say: ‘it’s not about the hard moments you could face in a race, it’s about how you deal with these.’ And I’m glad I could always keep on moving.

13. How many miles have you covered without walking during a run or race?

You power hike quite a bit on steep terrain during ultra-races, so that should be 14.5 miles I covered at the Mt Evans Ascent in Idaho Springs last Spring. Another beautiful, very scenic (and tough) race getting you to run on a road to almost the summit of a fourteener (a peak higher than 14,000 ft) in Colorado.

14. Do you prefer running in the summer or winter?

Summer without hesitation! Regardless of the season I tend to sweat, and it could get pretty chilly during the winter when you reach a pass and it’s all windy and raining or snowing! Running shirtless in 80 degrees’ weather feels pretty good on the other hand.

15. What is a fun fact about you?

I was a soccer player in France before I moved to Boulder, Colorado three years ago. Six years ago I got injured during a game and I needed and ACL and meniscus surgery. The surgeon who took care of me told me after the surgery that any sport involving running would not be great for me now. I guess I proved him wrong after all since it never was a problem to run an ultra!