This year, we sponsored athlete, Ailrick Holy. Ailrick is a 29 year old marathon runner who will be participating for the first time this year in the world famous Boston Marathon, tomorrow!
So how did we meet Ailrick? As we say often, Inesscents is a family. Lindsey Holy, our Social Media Manager has a close relationship with her younger brother and over the holidays she gifted him a few of our products. Ailrick approached us a while after offering his blessings and letting us know that he'd been amazed at how they have impacted his ability to run/race more effectively; or more specifically, how they have improved his recovery time.
At first it was an office discussion and then before we knew (big pun intended here) we were off to the races! Once we decided to sponsor Ailrick, we sat down for an interview to learn more about him. We wanted to share with you some of the little nuggets we gleaned about this awesome human.
Athlete: Ailrick Holy
Lives City/State: Portland, Oregon
Primary Sport: Running
What sports do you participate in?
Trail and road running.
What is your favorite race food?
During an event I primarily stick to Cliff BLOKS. They provide quick, chewable, energy with about 33g of carbs a piece. Easy to carry and consume.
Do you have a major quirk you’d like to share?
My closet is color coded!
If you were related to an animal, what would it be?
Probably a giraffe! No connection to running, they’re just some of the tallest living terrestrial animals on the planet and they’re awesome!
If a newbie to your sport asked for one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would encourage them to make sure they’re having fun with running! Whether you’re trying to get a few miles in a week, or training for an event, you must be having fun. Also, if you have a running goal, stay consistent – it really pays off. That’s really where it’s at.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy reading (currently on a running book binge – Once A
Runner, Born to Run, Endure, and Running with the Buffaloes), playing music,
and spending time with my dog Rory, friends, and family. Oh, and intermittently
working on house projects!
What is your post-race ritual?
It varies, but once I’m home I typically take a long hot shower, put on my sweats, and find a nice spot to lay down. Thinking of the last few races, that’s ended up being in front of a TV streaming some binge-worthy show. Next episode in 3..2..1..
How long have you been running?
I played soccer in middle school and high school, which both required a lot of running out on the field, but I didn’t start running with intent until mid-2012. I started with shorter distances and gradually built up the mileage.
Why do you enjoy the sport?
I enjoy the constant opportunity for growth and time to reflect.
What's your favorite local Portland trail?
I’d have to go with Wildwood Trail in Forest Park. WW runs through a large part of the park and extends 30.2 miles end-to-end. There are several access points along the trail. You can easily go out for a quick out-and-back or hop on to a connecting trail and create a fun loop. We’re lucky up in Portland to have a huge forest so close to the city.
Profession and educational background?
I went to school at the University of Portland and studied Mechanical Engineering. I now work as a design engineer in the medical industry.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
Qualifying for Boston was a big moment. I hadn’t run a marathon in five years and wasn’t sure exactly what to expect going into the race. I had my ideal finish time in my head, but at a min. I knew that I wanted to qualify for Boston (3:05:00). Coming in under that time was a considerable accomplishment.
Do you have a set training schedule and if so, what's it like? If not, how do you decide what to do?
I’ve been following a running plan, listening to my body when I need to take a day off, and trying to approach challenging workouts with a group. I run every day of the week and run twice a day one or two days a week. It’s a lot, but I think I’ve found my sweet spot balancing everything. We’ll see if I’ve put the right amount of work into this thing when race day comes!
What's your dream race?
A team relay across the US coast-to-coast with all my friends. That would be incredible!
Favorite book for athletes?
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – a memoir by Haruki Murakami in which he chronicles his interest and participation in long-distance running. Great writer, fantastic book.
Do you listen to audiobooks or music during exercise?
Haha, no… I can’t! It drives me nuts! After a few miles I inevitably end up taking my headphones out and carrying them the rest of the run. I feel more comfortable being able to hear my surroundings.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My friends and my family.
Have you struggled with any injuries? How do you manage them?
IT band, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints, oh, I lost a toenail the other week too. When my body starts feeling ‘off’ I incorporate a rest day. Sometimes that’s just part of training. On top of rest days I take extra time to stretch, foam roll, soak in CBD Bath Salts and apply some spicy Hot Freeze to my beat up muscles!
The Boston Marathon is the largest marathons in the United States with over 32,000 participants. You can follow Ailrick by texting RUNNER to 234567 and enter bib number 2215 throughout the race! We will be sure to catch up with him after to see how it all went, but until then, we wish you luck Ailrick - and ALL Boston running athletes.