Despite graduating college and working full time at an insurance company, Pleasant Ridge and Saint Mary standout runner Tony Weber still continues to go the distance.

Over the weekend, Weber participated in the Eighth Annual Plaza 10K in Kansas City and finished first.

Weber said he started training for the race early in the summer. He took a week off after the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. Weber was the runner-up in the 10,000 meters and the national champion in the marathon.

His 14 weeks of training paid off as Weber finished with a time of 31:16.9. He was five seconds faster than the runner-up.

“I wanted to run the Plaza 10K to get in a tune-up race before my goal race in October,” Weber said. “I wanted to race to see where I am at and to get a feel for racing again. I had no idea how I was going to do in the race since I have been going through some new changes, but I was pretty happy with the result and how I felt.”

The October race that Weber is preparing for is a marathon on Oct. 7 in Minneapolis. It is the main race that he has been preparing for. He said his main goal is to get a feel for the race and course this year and come back next year with intentions of running his fastest marathon time.

Weber prepares despite the new challenges that have made it harder to train.

“Since I am done with school, I have started working full time at Armed Forces Insurance,” Weber said. “I really enjoy working there, but now I have to run before and after a full day of work, and it has been hard at times to get used to a new training routine and to stay motivated. It is a much longer day compared to when I was in school, but I have learned a lot this season, and I am beginning to get used to my new routine.” 

Weber said that he runs between 90-100 miles a week. His highest mileage during this training period was 108 and his lowest was only 84.

As Weber continues to run, he also will continue to prepare for his ultimate goal, qualifying for the marathon trials for the 2020 Olympics.

“If I could just qualify for the marathon Olympic trials by 2020, then that would be the ultimate way to end a competitive running career,” Weber said. “Of course I will still run as much as I can and for as long as I can even after 2020, but my focus will shift away from training hard and will be more toward just enjoying the sport and hopefully a chance for me to coach.”