Davon Culley

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Q. Who are you and what you do for a living?

My name is Davon Culley and I'm in charge of Human Resources for NYC Criminal Court.

Q. How do you balance your exercise regime and your professional life?

I usually get my runs in after work. I feel like if I'm getting in quality mileage in my training, it makes me happier and more productive at work. 

Q. When and why did you start running?

I started running track in high school. I wasn't good enough to play varsity baseball so I went with track. 

Q. What motivates you to go out there, when you do not feel like it? 

My goals. I know that whatever race or time goal I'm trying to achieve I can't get it by sitting on my butt so I get out there and get it done. And I'm always glad I did afterwards. 

Q. What gives you the confidence to run in the streets?

At this point, I've been running for over 20 years so there's confidence in knowing whatever I'm about to run I've done it plenty of times before. 

Q. What was your best running experience? 

When I ran Ragnar Hawaii, one of my relay legs was run at like 2 in the morning. It was a beautiful clear night with a bright, full moon. I had to run around 8 miles with an elevation drop of about 1,000 feet. It looked like the road led directly into the Pacific Ocean. There were no cars out and the runners were very spaced out. It was a long, quiet run with the only thing you could hear was your feet hitting the ground and your breathing. It was the most peaceful and relaxing time I've ever had running. 

8. What was your worst running experience?

While running a 4x400 indoor relay in high school, the track we ran on was short so each runner had to run 2 laps plus an additional amount. I was running last and the runner before me wanted to hand off to me too soon. By the time he ran the right amount and handed the baton off to me we were in last place. Usually during a track meet there's a buzz as everyone is watching and cheering on the runners. As I ran, the place was so quiet like no one was even paying attention to the race. 

Q. How do you push through the pain?

Instead of focusing on the total distance I have remaining, I focus on finishing smaller distances and tell myself I've done this before so just hang on. 

Q. What advice can you give somebody who wants to start running?

Just get out there and run no matter how far. Then take no more than one day off and run again. Just keep getting out there and I promise it will get easier. If you can get a friend to join you or join a run group, even better. But don't be afraid to start by yourself. Everyone was a beginner at some point. 

Q. Which Social media sites are you on and how can one follow you? 

dculley1972 on Instagram and Davon Culley on Facebook


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