Marc Laveson, Head of Supply Chain and Operations at Sano
“Working in tech, specifically in the startup environment, requires long hours and intense mindshare. I could easily find myself spending every waking moment working, but that would lead to burn out. So running in effect becomes a way to balance myself. It mentally recharges me so that I can be focused at work, whether I’m negotiating with a supplier or choosing the right type of beer for our weekly post-run happy hours. I make sure I carve out time every day for it,” says Laveson, who develops manufacturing and logistics strategy for Sano, a biometric sensor and software company. In the past, he has worked with other health tech companies including Hampton Creek and Fitbit.
But he’s not just carving out 20 minutes each day. He’s often carving out hours, days, and weekends at a time. “During my work week I am typically doing shorter runs at higher intensities, say 7- to 14-mile runs, using specific speed workouts like fartleks, hill repeats, tempo runs, and intervals to focus on power and efficiency.” (Do you like his interpretation of “shorter” runs?) On the weekends, he might run two back-to-back 25-mile runs on Saturday and Sunday, or it could be heading into the Sierras for the weekend to explore the trails. While most of his runs are for the pure joy of getting out into nature and putting one foot in front of the other, his mileage ramps up even further—to about 100 miles per week—when training for ultras.
“It feels good to win a race. And it feels even better to set a course record. But nothing comes close to the time I finished my first 100-mile race, the Western States 100. It felt impossible when the gun went off in Squaw Valley and we started running up, and up, and up. But with the support of friends, family, and an amazing community of runners, I was able to complete something that I thought was not humanly possible,” he says. “It was another moment in my life where I learned that barriers are not so black and white and that most are self-imposed.”
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