Editor’s Note: This month we welcome Tim Sullivan’s new fitness column, INtown Runaround, which will highlight a local athelete(s) and his or her running or workout regimen. As head of the Cabbagetown Running Club, Sullivan’s Q&As will offer practical advice for those looking to get in shape.
By Tim Sullivan
On Sunday mornings, Woodland Hills couple Jeff and Malissa Piersol organize a long run from Joe’s coffee shop in East Atlanta. Tuesday evenings they lead a track workout on Georgia Avenue in Grant Park. Thursday nights are spent trekking with the Cabbagetown Running Club followed by a beer or two. Gassed yet? That’s just a warm-up for Jeff, 54, and Malissa, 53.
TS: Drumroll please…what is the household marathon tally?
JP: Sixty-six plus Malissa’s 21 Ironman Triathlons
TS: Yikes! Just typing that number gives me blisters. Jeff, you are a former DJ and I know you guys love your rock and roll. If you could have one band accompany you for a marathon…
MP: The Rolling Stones. I always thought it would be really hot to have them sponsor me in triathlons so I could have the tongue logo on my bike saddle.
TS: I’m on the case. Atlanta INtown has tremendous pull and I hear Keith Richards is a real fitness buff these days. What takes up more room in the house? Awards or music collection?
JP: Music collection. We have 3,500 CDS, 600 albums. But if we lined up all of her awards…
TS: Best neighborhood for a hill workout?
JP: Grant Park and East Atlanta have some hidden gems.
TS: Your running partners probably wish they would stay hidden. Nagging injury you’d love to kick to the curb?
MP: Arthritic knee with bone fragments and no cartilage
JP: Sciatic nerve
TS: I’m not judging but I think Malissa’s injury kicks Jeff’s injury’s butt. How do you reward yourself after a big race?
MP: Banana split Blizzard
JP: Really big breakfast, then a Blizzard
TS: Really? Had you pegged as a couple of Hot Tubbers.
MP/JP: Oh, that too.
Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Visit his blog at www.timmydaddy.com.