Team Fat Man’s Prefontaine Wins a Medal…Boom!

Team Fat Man's Prefontaine

This is the first of many Team Fat Man athlete contributed articles. Prefontaine, the first Team Fat Man athlete ever, ran a great race and finished in 12th place out of over 400 runners. Entering a race is big enough, but finishing so high (or finishing at all) is amazing. Congrats Prefontaine! You made Team Fat Man proud and that medal is pretty sweet too (he finished first in his age group)! Woop, woop! Boston here we come.

Race 1- Rattlesnake Run, Saint Antonio, FL 5 Miles, 30mins 57secs, 12th out of 408
By Prefontaine, Tampa, FL

Ran my first race in about 18 months this past Saturday, and wow. I think I was more nervous the prior night and ten minutes before the race began. Not only was I nervous my heart probably beat three times faster at the starting line than any point in the race.

My preparation has consisted of running on a regular basis, five to six times a week, and keeping a solid but not restricted diet. In training I try to keep in line with the norm: distance, speed, legs, endurance, etc. However, when eating I am not as stringent and follow a rule of my mom: eat what your body wants. Sometimes it’s fruit, sometimes it’s beer and pretzels; you’re body is the best diet indicator.


Overall, I was happy with my race but thought I had two areas for improvement.

One, be more diet conscious the day before the race. I ate one of my regular breakfast bars that is very fibrous, and I definitely felt it before the race. Port-a-potty to the rescue!!

Second, the race was at 8 am and I do not like getting up early, plus the race was 30 miles away and I still had to register. Next race I’m pre-registering.

Coming up I’ve got two half marathons and then the full in March, maybe more depending on how I feel. Some things I will be doing to stay focused through March include tracking my results, listening to the iPod, keeping others involved for motivation, setting regular difficult but attainable goals, having fun, and possibly join a running group.

“Prefontaine” is a Team Fat Man sponsored athlete based out of Tampa, Florida. To learn more or join the team, visit

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  1. Andrew RNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, that’s awesome! Congrats!!

    All the Best,

    Andrew R

  2. BlakeNo Gravatar says:

    great run. someday I’ll run that fast!

  3. Rick KaseljNo Gravatar says:

    Prefontaine, Congratulations on the run. Way to go. I have been out of the race running and need to get back into it. Rick

  4. Goat WeedNo Gravatar says:


    You really deserve it.

  5. Wow its a great Success! i am happy and i wanna congratulate for this.Nice job.

  6. GocaNo Gravatar says:

    That is really great! My Congratulations to you 😛

  7. There’s no doubt hardwork always bring the medals like this. Many congratulations..

  8. KimberlyNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations!!! Job well done! 🙂

  9. 12th out of 400 that is tough. Congrats on the medal as well.

    Can’t wait for the Team Fatman sponsored events 🙂

  10. Wow, that’s awesome! Congrats!! There’s no doubt hardwork always bring the medals like this. I like your site and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links.

  11. Congratulations, 12th from 408 is stunning! Good luck on your next events.

  12. prefontainNo Gravatar says:

    thx everyone! more races and reports to come…

  13. Mel TNo Gravatar says:

    This is greatly encouraging. I’ve just started little runs while I’m out walking. I don’t know if I’ll ever manage to enter a ‘race though.

    You never know!

  14. RogerNo Gravatar says:

    Oh my god. Was the man in the picture called fat man?

  15. Acai BurnNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome job, congratulations to you dear!

  16. BayrakNo Gravatar says:

    Prefontaine, Congratulations on the run. Way to go. I have been out of the race running and need to get back into it. Rick

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