Wayne Braun started running in high school in order to get himself ready for the ice hockey season. Now, playing hockey has become one of the ways he prepares for The People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon.
Wayne played hockey throughout high school, and he continued to play intermural in college at Clarkson University. Wayne and a few others helped form a club team at Clarkson, where they were able to play at a more competitive level against other college club teams.
In 2009, Wayne began to fall back into a routine of running consistently. Working downtown next to the bike path, he enjoys getting out at lunch time and going for a run. The health benefits are a plus, but he also enjoys breaking up the day and energizing in the Vermont outdoors, the perfect backdrop for a run. His go-to distance had been a steady 3 miles. When People’s United Bank began to sponsor the Vermont City Marathon in 2015 he thought, “what a great excuse to run a half marathon.” He signed up for the two-person relay, and has been running it every year since. One of his strategies in being able to go from 3 miles to 13.1: cross-training.
While running helps get his lungs and legs in shape for hockey, hockey now helps him keep up with his endurance in order to run at a longer distance. Every Sunday night, Wayne plays goalie for an hour and a half at Leddy Park. Being out on the ice for the entire length of the game, he notices a distinct difference in his endurance when he starts ramping up his marathon training.
Wayne’s goal for this year’s marathon is to push himself even further to beat his personal best time from two years ago of 1:55:23.