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Posted On January 1, 2007 By In Spotlight And 654 Views

Dan Club

Occupation: Commercial Banking – Credit Underwriter for Bank of America

How did you get into running? My third grade teacher, who was also the cross country coach, encouraged me to come to practice.

How long have you been running? Off and on since the third grade. That means I would have started back in 1980 or 1981 (22 years, with no consistency, 3 years with).

Favorite workout?  Does running to the donut shop count? If not, then a loop around White Rock Lake with the ‘Loving hills’ thrown in there for good measure.

Do you have training partners? Yes. Primarily Russ Emerson, and Dave Nakhleh, but I’ll run with just about anyone (obviously).

Best Race? Breakfast Bash 5 Mile 2006 (32:29). This was sort of my break out race this year and the first of four consecutive PRs at varying distances: 10K (41:24), 25K (1:48), 1/2 Marathon (1:28:16)

Worst Race? All the ones I decided not to enter because I wanted to sleep in. Of the ones I’ve actually done, the 2004 Turkey Trot comes to mind. 8:07 pace and a rather acute lack of breathing ability at the finish line. Of all the times we ran on part of the course, you’d think the coach (you know who you are) would have mentioned that the last 100 meters were straight up.

Why do you run? I like going fast.

What’s next for you? Hopefully going faster. 2006 Wellstone’s Dallas White Rock Marathon is my next target for setting a PR.

Most embarrassing moment doing sports? Answering these questions

Running shoe(s) that you wear? I’m on my 2nd and 3rd pairs of Asics 2110

What time do you wake up? Generally about 5:30 to 5:48 am during the week. Earlier when I actually get up to run (usually only on weekends)

Favorite song to train to? I enjoy the high school band that practices at TNT (Tuesday Night Track). Except when the girl playing the xylophone stands in the middle of the track.

What other sports do you enjoy doing? Skiing, squash, golf, football, hockey. Just don’t ask me the last time I actually did any of these.

What kind of food do you eat during a workout? Chocolate Outrage Gu. But last year, if someone handed me a rock or a stick during the second half of the marathon, I probably would have tried to eat it.

Favorite food (regular)? Bacon Cheese Burger and Dr. Pepper (can be substituted for Mr. Pibb) – skip the fries. Just don’t tell Janalou.

Spouse/Significant Other? My wife Jennifer and I celebrated our 5th anniversary this past summer. Our son Darren is a year and a half old.

Other sports interest? Wrestle with my son (he’s the only person I can pin).

Something that you like to do that is not sports related? Play my piano.

Favorite TV show/movie? I like watching football and hockey, but two games a week is about all I can handle.

Hometown? London, Ontario (that’s in Canada)…and yes, you can drive there.

Greatest motivator? Having scheduled workout times and friends to run with.

Interesting fact about yourself? That there are no interesting facts about me.

What do you like to do to get away from triathlon? I like to skip the swimming and biking parts.

DAN CLUB is a good running buddy. Joking with remarks, a quick wit, and self deprecating comments, the long runs go by quicker, more enjoyable. And his Canadian background gives him a more world-wide view than is sported by most. It was Dan who put forth the philosophical question, “When is it OK to use seconds or minutes when running track workouts? For example, if you run 400 meters in one minute, you say 60 seconds. What about a minute, 15 seconds? Is that 75 seconds or one-minute-15? How ‘bout one minute and 30 seconds? Is that a 90 second quarter?”

He just ran his PR marathon in Dallas last month, running a minute per mile faster than last year! His time was 3 hours, 12 minutes.

Chris Phelan has written, laid out, photographed, and published The Phast Times News since 2001. He’s crisscrossed Texas on his bike three times, swam 5 miles across Lake Ray Hubbard three times, completed three Ironman triathlons, and has represented the US in completion three times, and run with the Olympic Torch. He maintained All-American status for five years and has also biked across the country, 3600 miles in 30 days. The running/triathlon coach has PR’s of 2:27 marathon, 15:40 5K, 3:55 at the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred, and 10:00:52 Ironman. Chris is the only person to have won overall and Master’s at Dallas’ Crosson Dannis road racing series, DRC road racing series, and the USAT/SMW duathlon series. In 1988 he began Dallas’ oldest track workout, 1998 started north Texas’ first treadmill class, and 2003 he founded the world-wide Ride Of Silence. He’s been twice nominated Master’s Road Runner of the Year, highlighted in a variety of magazines and is frequently asked to speak at camps and organizations about fitness. Outside of swimming, biking, and running, Chris has summited several mountains including Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.