Pre-Race Makeover - Page 2
This wasn’t the extent of his training, however. Costello sought the advice of four-time XTERRA Trail Run Series regional champ, Richard Burgunder, who also lived in Pennsylvania. Having followed his blog, longtrailahead, Burgunder considered Costello “prolific in the adventure sports community.” He was “absolutely enamored by [him] and ecstatic about finally meeting the might beard guy.”
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Guided by the experience, Burgunder created workouts for Costello that focused on technical terrain and uphill running. Costello has been training for the race four to five days a week all year, cross training with swim and bike sessions.
Burgunder, who plans to compete at the XTERRA World Championship Trail Run as well, calls Costello’s transformation “absolutely phenomenal. … Richard is the ideal role model and active lifestyle ambassador that everyone should look up to for motivation to better their lives.” He demonstrates “immense determination, persistence and immaculate focus [in the face of] adversity.”
Next month, when Costello arrives in Oahu, those adversities will include racing a full 10K farther than he has in any previous running event. The half marathon course will take runners through the trails at Kualoa Ranch, on which the race will take place, are normally closed to the public—though they’ve served as the backdrop for a number of television and cinematic productions, including Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park and LOST. The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will be the culminating event of the XTERRA Trail Run Series, which consisted of over 70 trail runs of various distances around the world, and will reward winners with over $10,000 in total prize money.
“My personal goals for the impending 21K World Championship race are simply to complete the entire distance, and to feel as though I have put my best effort into accomplishing it performance wise. …The Kaawa Valley venue looks absolutely amazing and beautifully challenging.”