Global Run Challenge Profile: After Paul Shimon watched Roger Bannister on TV set the world mile record he was hooked
RUN THE WORLD: Running is a major part of Paul Shimon's life. "I hate being injured," Paul says. But he doesn't stop. "I try to limp along furthering my injury but mentally I am more adjusted! I get depressed if I can't run." He also loves to read historical running stories and check out results from the past. He has a good take on the sport. " I make sure to run in tough conditions so ordinary days are a snap and a treat," he says and he feels that, "training tough makes racing easy." He got interested in running in grade school in 1954. "I watched Roger Bannister on tv set the mile record and I was hooked," he remembers. Paul's marathon PR is 2:30.12 clocked at the third Olympiad Marathon in St. Louis. He has run 135 marathons. Some other PR's include 4:26 for the mile, 14:34 for 5k, and 33:30 for 10k. "I got to run in the San Blas International Marathon (Puerto Rico) back in the early 70"s. Roberto Clemente's (famous baseball player) mother gave out the awards to the top 50 and I was lucky enough to receive one," he says. Paul is married with a son and daughter. He is still teaching APE (Adapted Physical Education) and this will be his 49th year. Why did he sign up for the Run The World Challenge? "I love this challenge. It is getting me to run more and I already feel a higher level of conditioning. I am quicker to get out the door too," Paul says.
posted Tuesday July 17th
by Bob Anderson