White Sox Run Club Bio: Steve-O (@drunkchisoxfan)

Many of you may already be familiar with Steve-O from his podcast Sons of Hahnarchy as well as being the best rapper during the #108tourney.  Additionally, Steve is an avid runner who even has been spotted on multiple occasions running from his parking spot on gameday and up the ramp to his seat before a White Sox game.  Let’s get to know more about Steve-O:

How long have you been running for?

I didn’t run competitively until I was in 8th grade (that was 2009 for those of you at home who are counting). I was begged by the track and field coach at the time (who was a mentor of mine) to join the team. I actually injured myself that season playing tackle football in P.E. class, and had to sit out the first part of the year. I was a “jack of all trades” guy when I was younger, and actually was a part of our school’s 4×100 meter relay team that qualified for state finals. After our relay team shit the bed at the state meet (mostly because of me), I realized my future was in distance running.

Above: (Some of) The 8th grade boys that I ran with that year. Bottom right hand corner is yours truly.  I had the wannabe Justin Bieber hair going on.

How in the world did you get into running?

My running story is a bit long, but I’ll keep it brief. I ran Cross Country and Track all throughout high school. Eventually, it became a goal of mine to run collegiately, which I had the privilege of being able to do at North Park University in Chicago. Although it was Division III athletics, I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the program on top of working and going to class. I had to hang up the spikes after two seasons.

Above: One of the few team trophies we earned when I was team captain in high school. Went from being a shit program to a halfway decent one in just a few years.

Despite my need to devote more time to working and going to class, I still loved running. It was a release from life’s responsibilities. One of my big personal goals before I left college was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I won’t flex my time (shouts to @SoxUnprotected for saying I’m a pace shamer) but I passed the qualifying time for Boston with my 2016 Chicago Marathon time. Despite the worst weather conditions imaginable, I ran in and finished the 2018 Boston Marathon. Thankfully I was supported by so many of my friends and family who made the trip to see me compete.

Above: 2018 Boston Marathon. That was at Mile 4 or 5. Absolutely soaked.

Running Shoe:

My current running shoes are beat to shit, which is very on brand for me. I got yelled at by my college coach for running in worn down shoes on multiple occasions. Even for my standards, it’s time for my current shoes to be laid to rest.

My go-to shoe is the Nike Pegasus. I’ve been using these since high school. The model is fairly consistent year to year, and they are a solid shoe for almost any runner. They aren’t too expensive either, which is always a big factor for my broke ass.

Favorite Running Route:

Running routes have changed for me so much over the years, as my current place is the first home I’ve lived in for more than a year since reaching adulthood. When I lived in the city, I used to run anywhere and everywhere. I learned the Chicago grid system like the back of my hand.

At my current place, and with the current state of the sidewalks in the nearby west suburbs, one of my favorite routes is a down-and-back to Dominican University. The side streets have very little traffic and it’s nice to have a landmark as a halfway point.

Do you have a favorite playlist or podcast you listen to during your runs?  

I know a lot of hardcore runners do not like music or podcasts when they train. I’ve never competed with earbuds, but I run with music regularly. I’m pretty exclusive too when it comes to my running music too. I love hip-hop music, but it doesn’t really move me while running. I usually have a lot of bands that would appear on Spotify’s “Emo Forever” playlist on my queue.

What advice do you have for other White Sox Run Club participants about running or staying active?

Just do it. For yourself. 

I spent so much of my life trying to improve my times or get in better shape to impress other people. It’s not about other people, it’s about your own personal growth. It took me a while to wrap my head around that, but being a coach has helped me see how much we can psychologically fuck up athletes. We need to be teaching kids (and adults as well) to find healthy outlets that they actually enjoy. Running, or any physical activity that you aren’t getting paid for, should never feel like a job.

Above: Seeing my current student-athletes be proud of themselves is a far greater reward than any individual accomplishment I had as a runner

2022 White Sox Bold Prediction:

Is it a bold prediction to say the season is going to start on time? Opening Day WILL happen on March 31, speak it into existence! (Also, Luis Robert 2022 AL MVP. Book it.)

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