Atlanta driver Daniel regularly travels miles when he’s not driving with Lyft — 26.2 miles, to be exact. We got the scoop on this full-time Lyft driver and marathon runner before his seventh Boston marathon.
How long have you been driving with Lyft?
I've been a Lyft driver since May 2014. I first heard about Lyft through my brother, David, who is a Lyft driver as well.
What’s your training routine for the Boston marathon?
I train six days per week. That means running anywhere from seven to twelve miles per day, plus one long run (normally up to 23 miles) once each week. In a week, I run anywhere from 60-80 miles
What does it feel like to complete a marathon?
Running a marathon is unlike any other experience I’ve ever had. It’s a total body experience: physical, mental, and spiritual. It is absolutely euphoric, and the sense of accomplishment after finishing a marathon is invaluable. You feel like there isn't a thing in this world that you can't accomplish. You feel like Superman!
How did you first become interested in running?
I wasn’t athletic growing up, and I never played sports. Then, when I was in college, I decided to start running to quit smoking. At the time, I was smoking a pack a day and was also overweight. I ran one mile every weekday. After four weeks, I quit smoking. Eventually, I lost 60 pounds! I started running 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and eventually marathons. I guess you could say that I fell in love with running.
What do you do when you're not driving with Lyft?
When I'm not driving with Lyft, I'm usually running. I drive 65-70 hours per week, so between driving and running, I don't have much time left for anything else. I live a pretty monk-like lifestyle.
Do you have any tips for drivers who are interested in running a marathon?
Work up in distance slowly. Run a 5k first, then a 10k, before moving up to a half marathon, and then a marathon. Also, the biggest mistake that most runners make is that they run too fast, get tired quickly, and then say, "Ugh! I hate running!" Make sure you’re running at a conversational pace, which means you should be able to comfortably carry on a conversation with someone next to you. But whatever distance you run, whether it's a marathon or a mile, have fun doing it!
Good luck, Daniel! We’re cheering you on. What do you do when you’re not in driver mode? Tell us all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.