Dean Karnazes is a New York Times bestselling author, and an international pro athlete. In 2007 he was #27 on the TIME poll of the worlds 100 most influential people. He is also a husband and father.
Diane Van Deren began her career as a pro tennis athlete. In 2008 she won the Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 mile race, and originally took up ultra running to combat epileptic seizures. In 1997 she had a lobectomy. She is also a wife and mother.
Racing Advice from Dean & Diane
Dean says, "Go into it knowing there will be a point when you say I can't go forward. Prepare for that. Welcome the pain. It is going to be painful, there will be struggles, and if you see me on the trail, hit me up for some food."
Advice from Diane, "Do what's best for you, and what works for your body."
Family & Professional Athlete: How does it work?
Diane has been married for thirty years and has three children. In regards to her family she says, "When the roles of wife, mom, and athlete are in proper order - that's when I race the best."
Dean keeps it fun for his family. When on the road, they plan fun restaurants and activities to do together.
Greatest Professional Achievement
Dean stated, that it's his third time around the world, competing in all seven continents. He also said that tied for greatest, was the recent 10k race he completed with his daughter.
Diane recently completed a 1,000 mile trail run throughout North Carolina, and will be completing a speaking circuit about the event.
Overall, the Q&A was inspiring. In the busyness of work and family, I agree with Dean when he said, "Inevitably, I'll feel better if I go running."