Heartbreaker Highlight - Dan Cleary
Introducing our next Heartbreaker Highlight, Dan Cleary! What can we say about Dan? The guy is a machine. Every run, practice, and race Dan is going ALL IN. He gives you 110% no matter what the circumstances. Dan's got a really cool running resume, he's run Boston and a couple other marathons in just over 3 hours, but also can rip an 800 meter track race in 2:04 (that's the USATF Masters standard by the way). Dan ignites a positive competitive spirit within his Heartbreaker teammates, and that's why we nominated him as our Heartbreak Highlight!
Hometown & Alma Maters (High School and College(s), if applicable)- I grew up in a small town named Lenox in the Berkshires. I started college at Miami and finished up at UMass Amherst
How old were you when you started running? I ran cross-country in mid-school and Senior year of high school. I really started to put a focus on training and developing my athleticism in my mid-20s.
Why did you start running? While I had started to incorporate running into my gym workouts, the passion really started when I started training for and racing 5Ks. I love the training grind, the nerves beforehand, the mental toughness during and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards. Doing the work to push the bar higher and set PRs is an incredible feeling.
How did you learn about the Heartbreakers and why did you join? I felt like my running plateaued physically & mentally in 2016 and needed to jolt my training. I found out about the NRC Track Tuesday workouts and that lead to joining the team. I’ve PR'd at every distance, with a refreshed mind state, since that point. Ended up being a pretty good choice.
Favorite part about being a Heartbreaker? Always having someone to chase while training and having great people to hang with outside of training
Who's your favorite runner? I’m a big fan of the New Balance Middle Distance females (Emma, Jenny, Cory, Brenda, etc) and of course all the teammates.
Do you run with music? If so, what's your favorite song to run to? Yes, although I’ve transitioned more to podcasts during longer training runs. 90s or early 2000s Hip-Hop is generally my go-to. Elton John ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ is my power song when I need a boost.
What's your favorite interval distance? (200s? 400s? 1000s? other). 200s, I could rip those all day
What's one lesson about life you've learned through running? 1-You’ll have good days, you’ll have bad days. But stay determined, keep showing up
and putting in the work. 2- People who are better than you should motivate you, not intimidate you.
What's your day job? (If you care to share). I work in Financial Services
If you could run with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Kipchoge, Steve Prefontaine or my Dad in his prime.
What's your favorite podcast? Too many to fully list but a few favorites- Revisionist History, Up & Vanished, Behind the Bastards, Criminal, Disgraceland, Run Your Mouth, Business Wars.
Your social media handles? (Instagram, Twitter, etc.). No twitter but I’m on Instagram at DPCABX.
Your short-term (2019) and long-term running goal(s)? 2019- Focus on dropping times at shorter distances on the track (800, 1500/mile) and try to hit a Master’s All-American standard. Long-Term- travel and race in different states/countries, run the original Marathon in Athens, sub-3 in the Marathon, redemption for my last Boston Marathon (spent an hour in the Med Tent at Mile 23).