Five questions for the 'Rock Runner'
No doubt most people in the Rockland area have seen a particular runner and the question "why?" comes to mind.
He wears only shorts, shoes and socks — even in the dead of winter. Even more intriguing is what he carries in each hand — a 3-pound rock.
The 65-year-old was told he would have to give up running after having knee replacement surgery in 2009. So now he "just jogs to keep the weight off," he said.
After finishing his workout April 4 in 36-degree sunshine, Mike Clark took a few minutes to answer these five questions:
How do you stay warm?
"It's the difference in body temperature. Even in the summer when I get up at 5 a.m. to run it's still too hot for me."
What is up with the rocks?
"Years ago I bought weighted gloves to help improve my time. They have since rotted because of sweat. In 1980 I found two rocks, approximately 3 pounds each during a visit to Situate, Mass. They have worn much better than my body."
When did you start running?
"When I was 12."
How many miles do you run?
"Four to six miles."
Do you have a favorite route?
"I usually loop my neighborhood and go through town along the water. I love the scenery along Front Street."
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.
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