About Me

Hey, how’s it going?

My name is Benjamin Markus, and I’m a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Florida.  I go by Ben, but many of my good friends call me Benny.  I’m originally from Miami – once again my home as of August 2012 – and I spent four years in Schenectady, NY, going to school at Union College (go Dutchmen!).

About three years ago I decided that I’d had enough of being inactive and lazy, and I vowed, for the third or fourth time in my life, to start running.  Only this time, I took off the watch, ignored distance and took it one day at a time – my goal was, and still is, to get outside and run, whether it be three feet or three miles.

Here I am, three years later, still running.  And my running fever has only gotten hotter – part of the reason I wanted to create Run Gainesville.

Running Gainesville all the way from Boulder, CO!

Me in Boulder, Colorado

Of course, I have other interests aside from running.

I would consider myself first and foremost a musician; I have played the guitar since I was 9.  My favorite bands, if you’re curious, are Phish and The Grateful Dead, but I’m really not too much a hippie =)

Here I am playing with my band: Beach Blvd.

I’m also a writer/journalist.  Here’s a short profile piece I wrote for the Independent Florida Alligator while studying at UF.

I’m also a hardcore NFL and Miami Dolphins fan, and I also cheer for the Miami Heat and the Florida Miami Marlins.

That’s about if for now…

Feel free to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.


8 Responses to About Me

  1. Hey Ben! Awesome blog. I gave you a follow on Twitter to see your upcoming posts. I’m going to apply your running tips to Texas. Stay hydrated and injury free! – Lee

    • markusben says:

      Thanks so much, Lee! I was in Austin about 3 years ago, before I began running, but I could definitely see it as a great place to run. Keep up the good work on your blog, too. It looks like you’re doing great.

      By the way, a very good friend also has a gluten-free blog – if you want to check it out: http://nograinnopain.wordpress.com/


  2. spinmuse says:

    Benjamin… Nice blog, buddy! Glad you got into running. Can we give eachother a blog shoutout on eachother’s blogroll? I started one for spinning music, and since both blogs are about working out, I think a lot of people who check out our pages would benefit from one another’s blog! check it out, http://www.spinmuse.com 🙂

    Stay grateful,
    amanda bucci 🙂

    • markusben says:

      Thanks, Amanda! Sure, let’s give each other a shoutout. Neat idea for a blog… I’ve never been spinning, I’ll have to give that a try.

      Peace + Love,

  3. spinmuse says:

    Ben….. Loving your blog. isn’t is so fun to write one?! Nice work, keep it up, and next time (uhh) I’m in Gainesville, we’ll go for a brisk yog.

  4. Anna Horton says:

    Hi Ben. Cool blog. Maybe I’ll get back into running sometime. Tall Paul’s was fun, eh?

    • markusben says:

      Hey Anna,

      Thanks for checking it out, and you should – Gainesville is a great place to start running again.
      I had a good time Friday, thanks for hanging out. Let’s do it again sometime.


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