Erik Sowinski

Erik Sowinski

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

Running has given me so many opportunities. It has led me to meet some of my best friends and has allowed me to travel the world. My motivation to continue running is to hopefully motivate others so that they can have some of these experiences of their own.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

Sometimes I just have to take a step back and realize how fortunate I am to be in this position. I’m getting to do something I love for a living. That and knowing all of the people I have behind me every step of the way is all the motivation I need.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

I generally take one day off every other week or so, running anywhere from 35 to 75 miles per week depending on the time of year, training cycle, etc.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

I started running track and cross country as a sophomore in high school. Early in the season I had been running mostly 400’s and 800’s. During our team meeting that week coach asked me what I thought about running the “2”. In my mind I thought he was talking about the 200 which I was definitely game for. We showed up for the meet and I was on the start list for the 2 mile….it didn’t go too well!


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

I’m not too picky when it comes to fuel. Usually oatmeal and fruit or yogurt for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch will do it for me. Oh, and a lot of coffee.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

This is hard. There’s probably too many of them. If I had to pick one, probably Mike and Ike’s. Specifically the red and blue boxes.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I’m not a big ice bath fan, although I do take Epsom salt baths frequently.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

Have fun with it and be consistent. With those two things hand in hand anything is obtainable.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

There are two that I would rank right next to each other. Winning the Big Ten Championship as a team at home at Iowa in 2011 and then qualifying for the 2015 World Championship team for Beijing this summer.


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