The Unlikely Marathoner [Insider Story]
Hi, Tyler! So you say you don’t look like a runner, but you’ve done three marathons. Tell us about that.
I used to consider myself fairly athletic. I played football, basketball, and baseball through high school and was pretty athletic in college. And then kids got in the way—I put on weight and got the stereotypical Dad Bod.
But my brother-in-law ran a marathon one year and my wife went and cheered him on, and she said to me, “I think you could do that.” And I said, “No chance!” But that got me to try because she believed in me. I started running and then I signed up for a half marathon—and then I did it and said, “This is horrible! I’m never going to run again!” But the next weekend, I thought, well, maybe I can do one more mile than the half marathon. And I kept going. It’s probably more like glorified speed-walking, but I’ve run three Twin Cities Marathons. They’re super enjoyable.
Do you have any tips for people who aren’t runners but might want to start?
It’s so cliché, but if I can do it, anybody can do it. It really is possible. It’s mind over matter, and you can really test yourself and what you’re capable of doing. The reality is that it’s more about finding something that you can enjoy and feel passionate about. It’s so nice to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, and running really is something anyone can do, at any age. Start small—once you do one mile, do two miles. Once you do two, do three. Just keep going.
Any other hobbies or passions?
I play golf. I do things with my family—my wife and my twins. They’re my world. We’re just blessed to have a really close-knit family, and that’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.
What sparked your decision to get a Sleep Number bed? Is it worth it?
My in-laws have had Sleep Number beds for fifteen-plus years, and loved them. And we still owned the mattress that I had when I got out of college, so it was time for an upgrade. We seriously considered other brands, but in the end, with my in-laws’ experience and the research we did, Sleep Number made the most sense because of the long-term benefit. We purchased our bed in late January or early February [of this year].
It’s been great. Both my wife [Jackie] and I have noticed better sleep habits and we’ve been very happy with it.
How do you unwind before bed?
Generally, my wife and I will watch a show and talk about what happened in our day and decompress. Inevitably, we’re both so exhausted that we’ll conk out pretty quickly after that.
If you could sleep anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would probably go somewhere I’ve never been before, like one of those bungalows over the water in Fiji or someplace like that. It’s probably a pipe dream, but maybe it’ll come through someday.
Finally, what is your Sleep Number setting?
I’m a 40 and Jackie is a 30.
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