Getting Personal: Lakenheath's Jeremiah Moore focuses on Athens Marathon
Senior Airman Jeremiah Moore was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and raised in Texas. The 22-year-old dual citizen is a competitive long-distance runner who is competing in the Athens Marathon in Greece this fall.
The 48th Fighter Wing airman talked about his pastime during a warm-up for a run around RAF Lakenheath.
The London Marathon is one of the biggest in the world. Why are you not running in it?
I’m not really into city running at all. I prefer to run in the country or away from all the congestion.
How many miles do you run per week?
I normally do about 20 to 30 per week. When I get intense — which is about two weeks before a race — I will do about 50 to 60 miles a week.
How did you decide to run marathons?
I have always been a long-distance runner, but I really got into it when I was deployed to Al Udied [Air Base, Qatar]. I had a lot of time on my hands and really got addicted to being off by myself running. I love that runner’s high you get.
How many pairs of shoes do you go through each year?
I normally get a new pair every three months.
People push themselves pretty hard in these races, sometimes too far. Have you ever been puked on during a race?
I have never been puked on, but I did catch a loogie to the leg during the Air Force marathon in Dayton, Ohio. It was totally unintentional, though. I just kept running.
I love that episode of “Seinfeld” when Kramer gave the marathoner a hot cup of coffee instead of water. Have you seen that one?
It’s one of my favorite episodes. It’s suicide. That’s the last thing you want at that point. For it to be coffee. It would be unreal.
How do you stay motivated, I mean, between mile 12 and 23, how do you keep focused?
I like the fact that I’m pushing my body to the limit. The last race, I found my limit and that felt good.