From College Football Defensive End to Marathon Runner; An interview with Deon Douglas
Instagram Handle: @1bearded_dad
Day Job: Claims Insurance Team Manager
AER: What are some of your biggest running goals for 2021?
DEON: 1. To participate in a Live Race 2. To possibly run my 3rd Marathon 3. To start a running group with my friends to encourage more people to get healthy.
AER: As a father, what do you hope to teach your kids through running?
DEON: My oldest son is a big competitor and always has to win. As a father I am trying to teach him that in order to be the best you have to work, train, and be consistent. If you do this, you will always perform at your best and finish strong.
My youngest son loves to run, so I am teaching him to just have fun with it. Running and Life are similar. You get out of it what you put in. The best person doesn’t always win but he/she will have the satisfaction of giving his/her all and overcoming all it took to do it.
AER: Tell us something that the instagram running community doesn't know about you?
DEON: I am a former College Defensive End who hated running. After finishing my college career I wanted to get healthy and started running for cardio and haven’t looked back.
AER: Do you find balance through running? If so, how?
DEON: Yes, Running allows me to get the alone time I need to process my thoughts and relieve stress; providing relaxation. It also challenges me to keep improving and getting healthy as I age. It keeps me feeling young.
AER: Favorite Alter Ego Running product?
DEON: I am a new fan of the “Cruiser” Running hat and it’s curved brim. I also can’t wait to wear my Hoodie once it cools down.