Moon Jogger Spotlight: Shaun Johnson

Get to Know and Connect With Shaun

When did you first start walking/running? What motivated you to start walking/running?
I have always been a runner. I was one of the fastest kids in elementary school and to me that made me cool. In college I ran on the Shaun Johnson - Utahtreadmill because that is what the girls did in college, so I figured it was a good way to meet girls. Then I got older. I knew that I still liked running but I wained a little on it. One day, one of those days where you feel like your world is crashing down and all I felt like doing was running. I never really realized what a clarifying process running was for me. It helped me out so much that day, and many days since.

What do you love most about running/walking? How does it make you feel?
With the clarity that running creates, it opens me up to some deep thinking. When I find myself in this deep thinking mode, I realize that there is nothing that I cannot figure out. Running gives me confidence in my life, my self, and my future.

Who in your life inspires you? Who do you want to dedicate this year of running to?
There is one person who I really get to know at the first of the year. She is one of those people who just make you feel like you can accomplish anything. She has been a supportive friend through a lot of life’s curveballs this year. She is who I will dedicate this years run to.

Shaun Johnson - Color Me - UtahDescribe one of your favorite running/walking experiences that you’ve had in your life.
This was actually a treadmill experience. I am not huge into the treadmill, I would rather go and experience the real thing, but I got on the treadmill and instantly got into the zone. The zone for me is where I run without thinking about running. I just start thinking about any and everything. Then a while later I looked down at the display and I had been running for almost 2 hours. That was really a turning point for me, showing me what I really am capable of with running. That is when I really got more serious into running as an adult.

What is the longest distance you have ever walked/ran in one day?
13 miles

What is your most embarrassing running/walking experience?
The trail that I love to run on tends to have a lot of people also that walk on it. Usually, when people are walking on this trail they are talking to their friends or spouses. I came up on an elderly couple, the wife was talking to her husband, and she did not hear me Shaun Johnson - Bum Run - Utahcoming. I ran right by her, and as I passed her I sped up a little. This really caught her off guard. She let out a surprised OH! and stumbled sideways, into her husband, and onto the ground. I felt horrible. I went back to help her, and we all had a good laugh about it…but I almost gave an old lady a heart attack! For real!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
The best advice I have ever been given is, do it because you want to, and not for any other reason. I think that this applies to more than just running. The best advice that I have given…pay attention to the little details, your form, breathing patterns, and stretching, the time and distance goals will fall into place.

What obstacles or challenges have you faced as you’ve tried to live a life of health and fitness?
The hardest thing that I have is pushing myself too much. Usually I will get started into a routine, and pretty quick it becomes…well…routine. I then try to add something else to the routine, but usually my body is not ready for the increase. This results in injury and then I cant run for a week or so. I need to not push my self so fast, and just let running happen

Shaun Johnson - Proud Son - UtahWhat does this next year of running/walking mean to you? Why do you want to go to the moon? What will it mean to you when you have reached your goal?
I have set a goal of a marathon for the past couple of years, and I have never reached it. I feel that it is too late this year to make a marathon, but going to the moon with you guys has helped me to prepare for my marathon next year. When I get lazy with my running, or unmotivated, I think of the community of the moonwalkers, and I feel a sense of loyalty to you. I have to get out and run. That loyalty to you, and my goal of a marathon is why I want to get to the moon.

Tell us a little bit more about you. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What makes you happy? Tell us anything that you want the team to know.
I am Shaun.  I am a proud father of a 6 year old. We live in Utah. I have worked mostly in the construction industry, but right now I am thinking of going back to college to finish my engineering degree. I recently have gotten into blogging, and have discovered that I am one of the few guy bloggers. My dream is to get a pilots license and to buy my own Cessna 172 to play with. I love to camp, hike, fish, snowboard, and of coarse run. I know that one day I will reach my marathon and more. That is why I run!

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