Don Gallogly

Age: 42, Years running: 3, Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon, Favorite product: C-LITE


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To run for the rest of my life.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I have worn the same pants size since high school.

Do you have any vices?

I don't use sunscreen.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

I run because I love being able to be out in all conditions. Running up the same mountain can be a completely unique experience depending on whether it's raining, snowing or clear sky. In the rest of my life I also like to consider the ways that changing conditions affect our perceptions.

What drives you to run?

I run day-to-day because I enjoy being out in the world away from other people. Trail running is the best way to accomplish that. But I race because I also like being around other runners.

What is your favorite movie?

I have many favorite movies. My favorite running movie is Without Limits, the Steve Prefontaine story. I also like Marathon Man and the parts of Forrest Gump when he runs back-and-forth across the country.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

No nicknames.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

I can sleep just about anywhere so going without has rarely ever been a consideration. As a teen-ager I used to enjoy staying up to watch the sunrise. I once spent a stormy night in the forward observation lounge of a ferry from Juneau to Seattle watching waves break over the bow and crash against the windows.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

There's an old Soundgarden song that goes, "I'm lookin' California... Feelin' Minnesota" I was never sure what that meant.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cheese, tangerines, yogurt and electrolyte replacement drink.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?


What really scares you about trail running?

Running is meditative. It doesn't scare me. Other sports (rock and alpine climbing, downhill skiing) scare me sometimes.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

What am I going to do now?

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

I've lived and visited a few places in the world and haven't found any place more completely satisfying than here in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

People who pick up their dog-poop and then leave it beside the trail like a little blue land-mine (presumably they are going to pick it up on the way out).