Brendan Davies has been performing at the pointing end of the running scene on and off the road for the past 10 years. There are not too many performers who can match it on road, trail, mountains and over a huge variety of distance like this guy. As well as being pretty fast, he is super down to earth, loves a beer and has a real passion for getting out there and encouraging others to do the same.
We are stoked to have Brendan as one of Dusty's Friends. We caught up with him this past week to get some details on how he got into the sport and his favourite places to explore.
How did you get into running and what do you love about it?
It’s more like running got into me! The bug bit about 13y ago in a big way, when I started jogging to lose some weight and get fit again. I started to run with a group, entered in a few events and got well and truly hooked in the process. It’s taken me all around Australia and the World and I feel very fortunate to have had these opportunities. This is one of the main reasons I love it - it truly is a global sport, you can go and run anywhere, experience new mind-blowing places and meet wonderful people along the way who can become your lifelong friends.
What’s your favourite trail to run/hike/explore?
I tend to think it’s the last new trail or area I’ve explored. I’m not long back from a trip to Scotland where I ran some rad trails and mountains in the highlands. One place that really was out of this world was the Isle of Skye, it was just so wild and rugged.
What makes it so good?
I guess it was due to the environment and terrain being so different to anything I’m used to, I’m talking bog that you lose your legs in and big isolated mountains that come straight up from sea level to over 1000m, which just beg to be ‘bagged’ as they say over there. The weather makes things very tough going too - rain, wind, mist and then for a fleeting moment, maybe some sun if you’re lucky!
I’m always telling athletes I coach ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’, in other words don’t get bogged down in the details of running and turning it into a science or focusing too much on times or numbers. Running first of all has to be fun and if you don’t enjoy it due to becoming too focused on performance or improvements then that is a big loss.
Brendan is the head coach at www.upcoaching.com.au so check out his site for details on programs.