Duston Morris

Duston Morris

Personal Records

10K37:59GH Run 2006
1/2 Marathon1:23:19Lawrence 2006
Marathon2:58:07OKC 2004

Where are you from? I grew up in Southwest Missouri...in the Ozarks. Most of my time back in the day was spent working on the farm, playing sports & going to school. I moved away to attend MIZZOU where I completed my undergraduate and masters, before moving on to work on my doctorate at Arkansas...finally making it back to Columbia!

How long have you been running? I began running in 1998 and have been doing it ever since.

Who is your biggest running influence? I am not sure I can say it is one person. I think it would have to be one of my running buddies (Earl White) from my early running years. We completed countless long runs together preparing for many half marathons & marathons. I probably would not still be running if it were not for him.

What is your weekly mileage? Well, it has been as high as 70 miles per week, but now for most weeks it is about 30 miles per week.

What is your favorite workout? I would have to say that my favorite workout are 800s. I love the speed and the way they make me feel as as get into the last lap...knowing that they help keep me fast.

Where is your favorite place to run? I don't have a favorite place as much as I have a favorite time. I love early morning runs, where I can watch the sun peek over the horizon...

What is your most memorable running accomplishment? It would have to be where I finally broke the 3 hour mark for the marathon. Everything just came together on that particular race day.

What are your current goals? As an endurance coach I stay busy helping my athletes achieve their own goals...so it takes up most of my time. But personally, I would like to qualify for the NYC marathon. In 2006, I missed qualifing by 19 seconds and I am ready to make that time.

How important is running to you? Honestly, I never gave running much thought until I was introduced to it back in 1998. Since that time, running has become an instrumental part of my life. I have accomplished some admirable running goals (e.g. breaking the 3hr marathon time, running the Boston Marathon, coaching others to become better runners), & there are very few days that go by that I don't think about running, or talk to someone about running. So I would have to say that running is very important in my life...it is definitely part of who I am.