Brandon Miller has been running track since he was a little kid and experienced success as a young runner. He set age group world records in the 800m for 13 and 14 year old's, running 1:56, and then 1:51. He then ran 1:49 as a freshman in high school, and now holds a PR of 1:44 which he set in his freshman year at Texas A&M. He does not have any official sponsors yet, but is talking to a couple of companies regarding sponsorship for name, image, and likeness. Brandon got into running, because his parents put him into sports as a young kid to stop him and his older brother from tearing up the house. Brandon played football growing up, and ran track and played basketball all throughout high school. Brandon eventually wants to become a sports broadcaster, like Stephen A. Smith when he grows up.
How does it feel for running and racing to finally be back to normalcy?
It feels great for running and racing to finally be getting back to normalcy. After experiencing how fast the sport could be taken away from you with Covid, you start to feel really blessed and grateful for each and every opportunity you get to step out on that track and compete.
What was one of the things you missed during the year of Covid restrictions?
One thing I missed the most during the year of Covid restrictions was competing. I am a competitor and I love being on big stages and competing in front of large crowds. So for that to not be present was kind of frustrating, even though we had no control over the situation.
What was one of the biggest training hurdles during this period and how did you deal with it?
The biggest training hurdle during that period was the fact that I was not really training for any certain competition. So at some points the motivation was low, due to the fact that I had nothing to look forward to. I dealt with that by reminding myself that if I capitalized off of this training, I could come back and take advantage of every opportunity and be better than I had ever been before.
What was your experience like in this year's Olympic Trials?
My experience in this year's Olympic Trials was bittersweet. I did not do as well as I wanted to, but just to be there and experience what I experienced was a blessing in its own. It ultimately added to the internal fire I have, to come back and be better than I was this year.
What was the most special moment you took away from the Olympic Trials?
A special moment I took away from the Olympic Trials was that I actually went on a shakeout with Clayton Murphy. So just to run with someone I looked up to for so long, and pick his brain about track was something that was really cool to me.
What lesson did you learn at the Olympic Trials that you will take with you for future competitions?
I think the biggest learning experience that I had at the Olympic trials was how to deal with the rounds. In college you only run two rounds, and usually there is a day in between. When you get to USA's though, there are three rounds, which are pretty fast. So learning how to recover effectively and stay locked in, is something I definitely took away as something I could get better at my next USA trials.
If you could change one thing about the sport, what would it be?
I would definitely implement a competition tour, like the PGA Tour, throughout the United States. Recently, track has been drawing the interest of many people due to recent events. So if we could shorten the meets and capitalize on the publicity then the sport could grow a lot.
When it comes to running, what would you say is your biggest strength and weakness?
When it comes to running I would say my biggest strength is my belief in God. I like to believe that it is God out there running through me, and all of the glory belongs to him. I'm just a vessel for him to show himself to you guys through me. I would say my biggest weakness is, at times I put myself in tough positions throughout the race like getting boxed in. So I believe I definitely have to get better at that aspect of my racing. That will come with film study and experience though.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I would say the weirdest thing that has happened to me while I was running would have to be when I was competing at the AAU Junior Olympics when I was 15. I was running in the prelims of the 800, and when the gun went off, this kid to the outside of me immediately cut into my lane, and I tripped over him. He then went right back into his lane for the rest of the curve. It happened so fast, and looking back on it, I have a laugh about it.
What's your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when people chew with their mouth open.
What's your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is being average.
In your free time when you’re not running, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love playing video games and I also have a growing interest in cars as well. I am also really into fantasy football.
Who is someone you look up to in the sport?
I look up to various runners, including Clayton Murphy, David Rudisha, and former Texas Tech runner Charles Jones Jr. I look up to them because they are not only great runners but great people as well.
Who is one of your favorite athletes to train with?
Some of my favorite athletes to train with would be my training group this year which included Devin Dixon, Carlton Orange, Allon Clay, and Caden Norris. We worked very hard, but practice was always very fun with them.
What's next for you?
Only God knows, but I am striving to become the Greatest 800 meter runner of all time.
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