Today on A Week With The Best we have Sion Lupowitz, fresh off of a 3rd place finish at the competitive and rugged Zane Grey 50 Mile Endurance run! Sion grew up in Corrales, New Mexico, but now lives and trains in Tucson, Arizona which is surrounded by four mountain ranges. Sion runs for Aravaipa Running, Honey Stinger, Squirrel’s Nut Butter and Bioskin.
Some of his tops performances include 1st place at the 2016 Stagecoach 100M in 17:42:17, 1st place at the 2014 and 2016 Old Pueblo 50M in 8:48:10 and 8:05:41 (New CR respectively), 1st place at the 2016 Inaugural Oracle Rumble 50M in 8:10:17, 1st place at the 2016 Cedro Peak 45M in 6:56:53, and 2nd place at 2015 Mogollon Monster 100M in 26:05:00 which was his first 100 miler! He also summitted Blackett’s Ridge (we used to train on together on this ridge in Tucson) an astonishing 100 times in 2015. That’s 170,000 feet of rugged vert! Not counting the other 265 days of the year. The dude is a monster.
How and when did you start running?
I started running as a kid. Don’t all kids run?! In high school I ran track and cross country. While I wasn’t very fast at any of the track meets, I thrived during the long training runs. That was a telling sign of what was to come! Following high school, I didn’t run a step for over 10 years. My life kinda spiraled out of control during my twenties and I began going on short runs as a means of escape. My sister talked me into running a half marathon and while the idea of running 13 miles seemed insane, I was game. I managed to quit smoking and focus on training. When I arrived at the start line of the race, I knew I had found my home! I was later introduced to trail running and ultras. That was simply a life changer and I haven’t looked back.
What has been your biggest obstacle as a runner?
Keeping that mental edge. Sure running is physical, but it is also very much mental. Training for long races takes a lot of time and dedication. Sometime I don’t feel like running! But, thats what separates me from being an average runner to being a great runner.
Gotta keep that edge!
Your biggest accomplishment ?
My biggest accomplishment has to be winning the Stagecoach 100 miler just five minutes shy of the course record! It still hurts knowing I was that close, but that was an incredible feeling finishing that race.
You’re a pro, but do you work work as well? If so, what do you do for a living?
While I do enjoy the spoils of comped races and free gear and snacks, I am yet to hit the big time. I work full time in the medical field to pay my bills.
Describe a days general diet for you:
Hopefully a lot of pizza.
What’s a typical training week like for you? An example from your training log:
Mon – Rest
Tue – 8-10 miles with 1,500 plus vert
Wed – 8-10 miles with 1,500 plus vert (depending on what I am training for. This could also be a spadework day)
The – 10-12 miles with 2,000 plus vert
Fri – 10-12 miles with 2,000 plus vert
Sat – 12-15 miles with 3,000 plus vert
Sun – 15-25 miles with 3,000 plus vert
What is your favorite workout?
Running up steep stuff.
Do you have any tips for new runners or runners striving to reach big goals?
Don’t make running a business, enjoy the ride and always remember that we do this because we love it.
Thanks for joining us, Sion!
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*Featured image by Howie Stern Photography