After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
What drives me to continue running is the fact that I know that I haven’t reached my true potential yet. I am still considered a baby to the game and still have the ability to grow and mature on the track. I have a lot of untapped potential that once I clue in on, I will surpass my own expectations for myself.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
On the off days when I just don’t want to run I think about my family, friends, community and God. I think about how my family all look up to me and root for my success. My little brother sees me as his role model and I do my best each day to show him that anything is possible despite where you come from. I think of how much God has blessed me in life and gave me such talents despite what man says. I truly shouldn’t be able to run physically and not be on this earth but God said otherwise. And lastly just recently my dear friend Kamani Francis passed away and it took a piece of me away. He was one of my biggest fans back when I first started and was always there for me. His passing in October was hard on me and now I’ve dedicated this year to running for him.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Well, I am a short sprinter so I don’t really pay attention to my mileage throughout the month. But I will say that I practice 5 days out of the week for about 4 to 5 hours. So I dedicated a lot of time to the track and perfecting my craft!
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
Okay the weirdest thing that ever happened to me while running occurred when I was a Junior in high school. I was competing at a meet at the NY Armory and I was so excited for the meet. As I was warming up downstairs, I missed the announcement for my event; which I think was the 300. So by the time I got upstairs they were already seeding the heats and I was furious. They had switched the whole schedule around and I was freaking out. They put me in a heat and were like yelling at me for being irresponsible. As I was undressing to step on the track I pulled to hard and torn a tendon in my left shoulder but did not know it because I was rushing. So I ran my race with a torn shoulder and didn’t realize it until I crossed the finish line. There’s a picture of it online and you can see the pain in my face as I tried to celebrate my victory.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
I am a big fan of pedialyte and coconut water! I think they are great for trying to keep yourself hydrated besides the just using water. I love the favors and it's better then drink sugary sport drinks.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
My favorite cheat drink is hands down a slushie from Sonic! I love those things so much especially the ones filled with Nerds! My favorite cheat food is french fries, pizza and fruit snacks. They are literally my three favorite foods and make me so happy!
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
I actually love ice baths! I have to hype myself to take them but I enjoy them. I usually take two on competition days; one in the morning and one after I compete. They really help my legs get ready and recovered.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
I would have to say make sure you have fun with what you are doing! Yes, it takes hard work and dedication to achieve your goals, but if you do not enjoy the process you will not get far. You should find peace in your running and STAY POSITIVE always. Anything is possible.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
My favorite accomplishment has to be competing in my first USA championship this past outdoor season! I walked away from the meet ranked higher than what I came in as. I always got to meet a lot of amazing athletes who were very encouraging.
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