: Mittelstadt Justin D
: Sep 26, 1986
: San Antonio
: I was born on Keesler AFB in Biloxi MS where I spent the first 9 years of my existence. The summer just before I turned 10 I moved to Fort Atkinson WI with my father where I lived until I graduated high school and where I would really develop my skills as an athlete. Growing up I was always about the contact sports and if it wasn't I made it a contact sport. I was very physical and lived to push myself even from an early age. I grew up in martial arts and soccer. Got into football in middle school and played till I was a junior in high school. Starting wrestling my 8th grade year and all the way till I was a senior. Joined the powerlifting team my junior and senior year. I never ran unless it was to get into shape for wrestling but my best friend and wrestling partner convinced me to leave football and cross over to cross country my senior year. After the first week of practice I was very upset that I had been wasting my time playing football for a coach I didn't like instead of participating in running events.
Sure I had run a 5k in training but never raced them before and my first 5k on JV was 21:41. By the end of the season I was in the upper 18's and missed sectionals by 3 seconds. Not bad for never racing I thought. I loved the complete feeling of freedom and serenity running brought me along with the individual competiveness I love so much. The summer following my senior year I was already running my 3rd marathon and my current PR of 2:41.
One day while I was out at Kettle Moraine with my ex girlfriend for a 10 mile training run on the blue trail (the one with the PUDs) we came across the KM100 which peaked my interest in running ultras. Didn't actually get serious about the distance until I proposed a bet during tech school in the military. I bet the Military Training Leaders I could run 40 miles in 12 hours at the Relay for Life event and that's what re-kindled my obsession of running.
Right now I am stationed at Lackland AFB down in San Antonio TX and have the opportunity to run some great events down here.
Right now I am getting ready for a 15 month deployment to Iraq and will hopefully be relocating to Fort Walton Beach FL upon my return.
Next challenge is the McNaughton Park 150.
: Pushing myself using God's gift as an athlete to be a positive influence to help those in need. To inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone and do something amazing for someone they do not know. I dedicate all my races to my sister's grandfather, the man who inspired me to become an ultra runner who has now been diagnosed with lung cancer. And lastly, to see who I am and how far I can be pushed.
: * Finish McNaughton Park 150 Miler running, walking or crawling.
* 62 miles for Relay for Life while challenging others to do something amazing this May.
* Come home from Iraq in one piece.
: * My wife.
: United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst
Favorite People / Places
: My favorite places:
Fort Atkinson WI - Lived here prior to joining the military.
La Grange WI - Home of Kettle Moraine where I have logged close to 5,000 miles in my high school career and where I first started getting interested in ultras.
Biloxi MS - Born here prior to moving to WI.
Fort Walton Beach FL - My Aunt lives here.
Riyadh Saudi Arabia - My very first deployment.
: Kettle Moraine 100
Rocky Raccoon 100
Prickly Pear 50K
Race for the Crown 10K
Government Canyon 43K
: Various running shorts. I occasionally wear a running skirt for longer races. I usually don't wear a shirt but I have a bunch of technical shirts in case it cools down. I wear Mizuno shoes. Of course a nice pair of shades as well.
Favorite Food / Drinks
: * Gatorade
* Mt. Dew
* Gummie Bears
* Potatoes and Salt
* Chicken Noodle Soup
Favorite Music / Movie
: * Without Limits
* Running on the Sun
Favorite Book / Magazines
: * Quest For An Adventure
* Running through the wall
* Gerry Lindgren's book of running
: * Mind over matter cuz if you don't mind it don't matter - Marine Major Maples Curt W.
* The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other poor bastard die for his- General Patton
* It is never too late for you to become what you were meant to be
* Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
* What is pain? Its nothing more than the itch to get stronger, to push your limits.
* I will break all my limits or I will break my body whichever comes first, but at the end I'll know what I'm made of.
* You can't fail if you don't give up.
* Success is measured in how many times you get up after being knocked on your ass!
* To be the best you can you must do the impossible...you must conquer your doubts and fears.
* I go to war to die so you can stay here and live
* I would rather try and fail and know I can't do it than to never try and wonder if I could.
*You can't keep a person down who has bent his entire will, heart and soul
to a dream; he just looks at the obstacle and smiles and laughs when he
challenges the pain "I want more!"
*It's less self-rewarding if you reach your dreams without pain, challenges, and set backs; your dream
was too easy, challenge life and say "I am he who challenges the world,
I stand here alone on my rock and I will not back down nor surrender!"
*Don't Idly sit back and watch life go by, stand out and make yourself
known. Go through life with the idea that "I will do everything in my
power to make sure you know my name and who I am."
*Pain is essential to life, without it there would be no self improvement.
*You can't succeed without taking chances, set a goal and put everything on the line.
*When life throws you a rock, bring a hammer and smash the shit out of it.
Workout Routines / Fitness Tips
: Monday: AM-20 mile easy run.
PM-2 miles of uphill training, 8 mile tempo run.
Tuesday: AM-20 mile easy run.
PM-6 mile tempo run 4 mile speed training 8x800M repeats.
Wednsday: AM-15 mile easy run.
PM-5 mile tempo run at 6:30 minute mile.
Thursday: AM-20 mile easy run.
PM-2 miles of downhill running. 4 miles of fartleks. 2 miles of tempo. 2 mile recovery.
Friday: AM-10 mile easy run.
PM-10 mile easy run.
Saturday: Long run-50 miles
This is my training schedule when I am peaking for a race. I'll deviate depending on how I feel.
: Ultra Marathons
Sports is the door I open to instill a deep satisfaction and feelings of self worth that I have done something great with the talents God has given me.
: * Badwater 135
* Trans American footrace
* Oregon Trail start to finish for charity (2,170 miles).
: Running 55 miles for Relay for Life and seeing what kind of impact I was having on others and seeing the expressions of wonder, amazement and gratitude from the survivors. I never felt so good after suffering so much!