By Libby Smith
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (CBS4) – As several of the CBS4 newsroom staff train for the Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon, who better to talk to than a former winner of the race? That’s exactly what Karen Morfitt and Britt Moreno did. They met professional runner, Aaron Braun in Colorado Springs. Braun won the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Men’s Half Marathon with a time of 1:07:15.
“How fast are you going when you’re winning a half marathon?” asked CBS4’s Karen Morfitt.
“It’s about five minutes a mile to win a bigger race like that,” Braun replied.
“Five minutes a mile for 13 of those miles?!?” Britt Moreno laughed in surprise.
Braun met with Morfitt and Moreno to offer a little advice as they train for their first half marathon race this October.
“With running, your body adapts to the training that you put it through, so your heart grows, your lungs become more efficient,” Braun explained.
Braun has been running professionally for about 10 years.
“My fastest mile was four flat,” he said.
“What!” Moreno exclaimed.
It’s on Braun’s bucket list to break that four minute mile. Moreno and Morfitt expressed their struggles to stay motivated enough to get their training done.
“It’s never going to be as bad as you think,” Braun said.
“The mental game for 13 miles is probably a big part of this whole thing,” Morfitt said.
“Yeah, I think that’s one of my big talents in running, why I’ve been good…is I have the capability of focusing for a long time,” Braun said.
In their training so far, Morfitt and Moreno has been working on building consistent miles, so their bodies can handle the 13.1 miles of race day.
“As simple as a sport as it is, you’re just putting one foot in front of the other repeatedly, there’s a lot of nuance to it,” Braun said.
Pacing, focus, it’s all a part of making it to the finish line at the Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon. That’s a finish line that Aaron’s already seen.
Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.