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June 27, 2011

Priscilla and Tony Hall - July Runners of the Month

Written by Dena Evans

Halls_croppedTony and Priscilla Hall

July Runners of the Month 

Tony and Priscilla Hall are two University of Texas grads still living in Austin.   Priscilla grew up in Dallas, while Tony has lived in the Austin area his whole life.

 

The Halls have been married for 2 and a half years, after meeting at a triathlon in 2004. Priscilla is a Physical Therapist, and Tony is an software engineer at a startup called UndercoverTourist.com.  As they train for this month’s Vineman Half Ironman Triathlon and the Beach to Battleship full Ironman this fall, Priscilla reports that the two “just enjoy being active together, and luckily the PT background allows us to at least try to stay injury free or catch them early.”  Also sharing the Hall residence is a dog called Pork Chop.

MC: How did you start running?

PH: I was always active, playing team sports, so when I went to PT school, I needed something to do to workout without needing a team.  I started to run, but it was never more than three miles.  I thought it was a big deal, but when I graduated I got something in the mail -  run a marathon in Hawaii.  I had no idea what I was doing, but finished the race.  I did everything wrong, but got addicted.  So, I started doing that instead of team sports.

 

TH:  I played on the basketball team in high school.  Our coach required us to do cross country, although that wasn’t really supposed to be a requirement.  I was always a challenge seeker, which led me to the Marine Corps, which led me to marathons and triathlons.    The day after high school graduation, I went to boot camp -  infantry reserves for 6 years during college.

MC: Who is your running role model?

PH:   That’s a tough question for me.  I am in a running group I run with on Tuesday, and there are so many runners with good outlooks…the runners of Texas Iron, they are a great group of athletes that I have really enjoyed running with.

 

TH: I honestly I have never been strong doing the running. Now I am getting as strong as I ever have been, and it is mostly because of my wife.  She is my running role model for sure.

 

MC: What has been your most memorable running / racing experience?

PH:    Honestly, I would have to say the February race in New Orleans [2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon].  I totally surpassed my goals. My PR was 3:45 and the old Boston requirements were 3:40. I had time goals on my arms, but I was trying not to pay too much attention to them. I ran 3:31. It was pure happiness, not because I qualified but because I didn’t think I could do that.

 

TH:  Probably most recently. I have never been as consistently trained as I have been recently. We were on a vacation visiting my brother-in-law and nephews in New York.  Priscilla, as diehard as she is is, is always looking for a race.  She found the Super Hero Half Marathon.  We didn’t taper at all, just figured we were going to do that as a part of training.   My goal was 2:05.  I finished the first loop in 1:01, and said, “Let’s see what I can do!” I ran the second loop in 54 minutes.

 

 

MC: What have you enjoyed about working with Focus-N-Fly?

PH:  I really enjoy the track workouts.  Surprisingly, I may not say it while I am doing it, but before when I was doing a track workout, it would just tell me the workout. This [FNF] tells me the paces and exactly what to do.  I like that sometimes it is more like a fartlek workout, sometimes shorter distances like 200s.  It is a bit like a surprise every time.

 

TH: I have never run to a proper schedule before, so I just like doing it and getting after it.

 

MC: What is one part of your racing routine you can’t do without (sleep, pre race meal, tie shoes certain way, other ritual)?

PH:  I am a very superstitious person.  My favorite color is green and I have this one pair of green underwear I wear on every marathon or long race.

 

TH:  Do you really?  I don’t even know this!

 

PH:  I do equate certain outfits with bad or good days, so if I have a bad race, I won’t wear that outfit again for a race.  I also add up the numbers on my race numbers and see if it is a good number or a bad number and try to beat the odds if it is a bad number.  I also need to have at least one good run in my race outfit beforehand.

 

TH:  If she gets a bad number, then her mindset is a overcoming, but if it is a good number, then she sees herself as being expected to do well.

 

MC: What is your favorite place to go for a run?

TH:  Probably the hike and bike trail at Lady Bird Lake.

 

PH:   Probably the same thing.  I do run in my neighborhood a lot, but that is just because it is convenient.

 

MC: In the next year, what goals do you hope to accomplish?

PH: I hope to get into Boston and run the Boston Marathon, and if I don’t, that is the way it is, but at least I know I qualified.  If we do another Ironman, then I’d like to do a sub four for the Ironman run.  My last ironman was in Austria last summer.

 

TH:  Next year, I hope to complete an Ironman and I hope in the course of that, actually run a marathon.