Joe MacPhee

Joe_MacPheeJoe MacPhee….aka BoJoe, JoeBro and more….one fascinating guy. Only 3 years ago, Joe was one more over-worked, inactive accountant. Joe now? He is one of the SB Running & Racing stalwarts, a fierce competitor, hard-core runner and in his latest role (in what he described as a “frightening experience”), a truly outstanding emcee- clearly demonstrated when he handled emcee duties as the SBAA dinner in June with Rod Dixon as our featured speaker. As the Pier to Peak photo shows (with Joe standing on what has to be one of the highest altitude podia in North America), our man BoJoe always ends up on top.

Name: Joseph MacPhee
Age: 44
Nicknames: Joey. My sister’s friends called me JoeBro and friends in Flagstaff called me, BoJoe (for Boston Joe).
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Employment: I’m an un-, I mean, self-employed forensic accountant; I’d like to be better at something else.
Family: I’ve been married to Elizabeth for sixteen years, but we were engaged for six years, so it’s really like twenty-two. She might suggest it feels like longer. Our dog, Tyler, has been with us for almost two years. I also have a sister who is a year and a half older and a set of parents. She’s in Rhode Island and they’re in Wellesley. My mother-in-law and her dog live half-a-house away.
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: I don’t think there’s room for another hobby. Does obsession count? I spend most of my free time (i.e. not eating, sleeping, running or cross-training) obsessing about things I think I should be doing or (see below) things that I think I need. I do enjoy writing, but I am not very good at publishing what I write since it never seems to be good enough.
Most Prized Possession: I’m not really materialistic. (Hah – just kidding!) I can’t really think of any one thing that I couldn’t live without. I’d be pretty useless without my iPod or Garmin, but if I lost them I’d just buy new ones. What I can’t replace are the past experiences that contributed (for better or worse) to who I am today and the relationships I have now. Wait, did I just say, that I am my own most prized possession?
Favorite Food: My favorite meal is an Italian sub from the Linden Store in Wellesley with a bag of Wise potato chips. If I had to pick just one food, it’s the chips.
Favorite Movie: If the criterion is not being able to change the channel when I stumble over it, then “Quigley Down Under”; I get paralyzed.
Favorite Spectator Sport: I love watching Arsenal play football in the English Premier League, because the games are over in 90 minutes, there are no commercials and they remind me of the Red Sox (when they’re good, it’s beautiful to watch, but when they’re not it’s really frustrating).
Car I’d Love to be Driving: Um, one car? There’s an ever-changing list in my brain with categories and sub-categories for different purposes and feelings. Most of my mid-life crises (I’ve had a few so far) have been personified through cars. But to play along, a 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder is usually near the top. Yeah, I know it was Sonny’s car on “Miami Vice”, sue me.
My friends describe me as: Hopefully, friends only see the Boy Scout exterior (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent) and not the real me that is always having to fill out checklists from the DSM-IV.
My trademark expression is: I’m not sure I have one. I really like “a wink’s as good as a nod to a blind bat” but Elizabeth won’t let me say it anymore. I think I said it daily for like ten years. Seriously.
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Finance the production of “Buckaroo Banzai and the World Crime League”, I’ve been waiting for 27 years already.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: have traveled around the West coast. I moved here from Boston six years ago and have barely left a twenty-mile radius of SB. I hear there’s more out here to see. I’d also like to be more accepting and mindful and less judgmental of myself.
In the next 10 years, I hope to: have reached a state of enlightenment. And have something I wrote published.
Personal accomplishments: This is a hard question to answer since nothing seems to be good enough for me . I’ve earned two master’s degrees, am a licensed CPA in two states, been married for sixteen years, qualified for and ran Boston and have raised four of the best dogs in the world.
Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I’ve made and eaten every recipe from the three Death by Chocolate cookbooks, I built a Caterham 7, I really did think the song “You’re So Vain” was about me, and, apparently, no matter how much I run, my feet never smell bad. Oh, I also learned to read at age three.
Favorite Running Shoes: Currently, the adidas adios, they went from being my 5-k and track shoes to my favorite marathon shoes.
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): Half-marathon, 1:29 (see below).
Best Race and Why: There have been only two races, the 2009 SB Half-Marathon (1:29) and a Nite Moves (19:07) where I ran out of my comfort zone and exceeded my expectations.
Worst Race and Why: Every other event where I planned to race and gave up mentally somewhere in the last third and then out-kicked someone right at the finish line – how rude.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 65-ish
Favorite Local Race: My favorite local race is SBIM, but maybe not for the usual reasons. I did run it the inaugural year and loved the course, the race and the volunteers but not my strained hamstring. I’m still not sure what my role was last year, but helping Rusty, June and Dan organize the race was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. After the weeks of preparation, worry and frustration that preceded the race, I loved watching both my friends and people I didn’t know run through my section fulfilling their own dreams. They probably didn’t know where the volunteers came from, who put up the traffic cones or why the course was designed the way it was. They didn’t care that I’d been awake for 30 hours. The biggest compliment I could receive is that they didn’t notice because nothing interfered with their race. I’m proud to have helped make their experiences possible.
Most Memorable Running Experience: I grew up watching the Boston Marathon run through Wellesley every year and never thought I’d be able to run it myself. Running through downtown Wellesley, my hometown, in the 2010 Marathon and seeing my parents and sister was pretty special.
Favorite Place to Run: Anywhere downhill, the steeper the better.
Glory Days PR: I don’t have much evidence left from running track and cross-country in junior high school, but I’m pretty sure I’m faster now.
Realistic Running Goals for this Year: I’d like to run races as well as I run during practice. So, that would mean sub-19 min 5K, sub-40 min 10K, 86 min half (thanks, Jessica for setting that bar for me), sub-3:10 marathon.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: sub-3:00 marathon (St. George is still downhill, right?)
Lifetime Running Goals: I’d like to be healthy enough to keep running marathons. I don’t much care about running one in every state or every week for a year, but I would like to run the one’s I keep hearing about like London, Berlin and Big Sur.
Local Running Heroes & Why: I am certainly inspired by Drea McLarty’s persistence, Tim Strand’s consistency and Mike Shalhoub’s aggression and I’d be nowhere without Rusty Snow’s guidance and support. My heroes, however, are HRT, the group that meets every Thursday morning at 5:00 AM, rain or shine, light or dark, warm or cold, to run 13 miles of hills in Hope Ranch. If not for you (and you know who you are), I would have stopped running a long time ago.
Personal Training Tips: Listen to your coach and listen to your friends and then go run your own race. Oh, and no one passes you in the last 200 meters. Ever.
Why I Run: My apologies if you’ve heard this story, but it’s a good one. After tax season three years ago, some co-workers hired a personal trainer to do a 4-week, 4-day a week boot-camp to get us re-acquainted with fresh air, sunshine and exercise. We had to write down our goal and mine was to adopt an exercise program that lasted longer than the four weeks. During the four weeks I remembered how much I enjoyed running and got talked into running Nite Moves and then the SB Half-Marathon. And then I heard about Rusty and came to a Saturday workout and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I love runners who: talk, so I can listen.
I don’t care for runners who: get hurt, I miss running with them.
Suggestions for SBAA: We re-started a great trend this year by sending teams to the Master’s National Cross Country Championship in San Diego this February and to the World Master’s Track Meet in Sacramento later this summer. It would be great to also organize excursions to interesting races outside of Santa Barbara South County (e.g. Guadalupe half-marathon, Agoura Hills 10-K).
Favorite Short Stories: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry
Favorite Quote: No matter where you go, there you are.
SBAA Member since: 2009

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