Brian Kostock

BrianKostock_Thanks2005Brian Kostock is a stud. Winner of the 50th Annual Semana Nautica 15K (time of 48:30, 9th best 15K in the history of the SBAA), a guy who ran 2:42 in his first marathon (notwithstanding significant Gatorade overdose problems) and as humble and gracious a race winner as I have seen (hey – he stayed until the bitter end of the post race awards ceremony/raffle at the 15K race he had just won). Better yet, I asked him if he would consider being the subject of this month’s Profile. He not only said yes, but set a new Runner’s Profile response record with the fastest turnaround of Profile information and a photo.

In reviewing Brian’s Profile, you will notice that he had nothing to say under the category “Glory Days P.R.”. That category is often overflowing with information from many of our veteran Profile subjects who remember the way it used to be. In Brian’s case, it is blank for good reason; all Brian’s glory days are yet to come.

Name: Brian Kostock
Age: 21 (2004)
Nicknames: BK
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Employment: Not employed, but a student for most of the year at Humboldt State University
Family: Mother – Arlene Kostock, Father – William Kostock, and Dog – Bounie

Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: I like to watch baseball, softball and hockey. I used to play basketball. Most of the time I like playing video games (PS2) or games on my computer. I listen to music and sometimes watch movies. I want to learn to play the guitar.
Favorite Food: Any type of pasta
Favorite Movie: I like a lot of movies, but my favorite is Without Limits.
My friends describe me as: A determined and kind person
My trademark expression is: “No pain, no gain”
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Travel and run races all over the world.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Graduate from Humboldt State with BS in Kinesiology,
In the next 10 years, I hope to: Graduate from a Graduate School with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy

Accomplishments: I am an Eagle Scout. I am very proud that I am at Humboldt State and competing well at a higher level of competition than high school.
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): Half marathon – 1:11:04 (I think the marathon will be my favorite distance in a few years)
Best Race and Why: Bruce Drummond Invite (5000m) in 2002. I was still able to run a PR that day, even though the person in front of me fell down and tripped me up in the second lap. I still have the scars from the track on my shoulder and arm. I got up and was able to run a 15:30.
Worst Race and Why: Semana Nautica 2002. I was running very well for the first 10K but soon after my stomach wasn’t agreeing with me, and I had to slow down. I really had to go to the bathroom after that race and many times later in the day.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 80 miles a week

Favorite Local Race: Nite Moves
Most Memorable Running Experience: Channel League Championships during my senior year of high school. I won the mile by taking off with 900 meters to go. Also right up there is when I ran my first marathon last October at Chicago. I ran 2:42:10 even though I got sick from having too much Gatorade during the race.
Favorite Place to Run: Anywhere in the Humboldt forests; locally I run on the bike path to UCSB a lot.
Glory Days PR: …….

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: To go to NCAA Division 2 Nationals in Cross Country next fall and Track next May. To win a Conference title in either or both Cross Country and Track.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: To win the NCAA Nationals
Lifetime Running Goals: To go to the Olympics in the marathon
Local Running Heroes & Why: Gregg Horner because someday I hope to be running as fast as he does now.
Personal Training Tips: Make sure you run easy after having a hard workout, and if you feel any type of pain that doesn’t go away with ice, go see a doctor.

Why I Run: To see how much I can improve upon my personal records. Also to test the limits of my mind and body.
I love runners who: Say hi when I see them out running
I don’t care for runners who: Kick the bottom of your shoes when you’re in a race.

Suggestions for local races: Nothing, they are always great
Suggestions for SBAA: Nothing, I think you’re doing a great job in every aspect
My views on: Do everything to completion; never give up even if it is too hard because you may regret it later. No one likes uncompleted work.

Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” – Steve Prefontaine

SBAA Member since 1998

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