Checking In with Geoff Roes in Juneau - Page 4
How have you been able to moderate the pressure that can come with being a champion and with the expectations about your running?
In my life in general, I’ve never been one to do things because I'm supposed to. I’ve never really wanted to have a career type of job, so I’ve been completely happy to work odd jobs and do whatever I want to be doing at that time. People have always thought, "Well, eventually you must want to settle down and get a career," and I’m like, no, I’m settled down and as content as I can be. In terms of running, I’ve never felt I needed or wanted to necessarily fit this mold of what it should be like to be a top-level runner and to have to continue doing it in a really focused and serious way.
Where do you see yourself a decade from now when you’re in your mid-40s?
(Laughs) I have no idea. Until this point in my life I’ve tended to be really involved in something for a given period of time, sometimes numerous things, and then sometimes I end up not even by design completely stopping or quitting them almost cold turkey. I’m not certain that could happen with my running, but I’m absolutely open to the possibility that it could. I might be running as much 10 years from now, or I might not have run a step in five years; I just don’t know. I don’t ever really think about it, actually.
The author and Roes on the summit of Mount Juneau. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Lavender Smith)
Sarah Lavender Smith blogs about trail running and travel at TheRunnersTrip.com