After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I've always had a natural passion for running. After running on two USA teams, becoming an All American, winning MPSF indoor championships, winning Pac-12 Championships, breaking the freshman record and currently still having that record, it just doesn't seem like it's enough. I have yet to make the biggest event in Track and Field, which is the Olympics. I know my potential and what I am capable of doing and I know a can make an Olympic team. Knowing that in my heart and in my soul drives me everyday at practice.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I motivate myself by simply thinking about everything I have gone through in life. The good and the bad. It all comes down to how bad I really want it. So telling myself a simple "mantra" like "RIO or "2016" also motives me.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I am a sprinter so I have never done a mile run. But sprinting I would say about 15 -20 days a month.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
The funniest thing that has ever happened to me while I was running is hearing my grandmother scream for me at the top of her lungs. I usually can tune people out while I am running, but that particular day I heard that voice from a mile away.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
My favorite fuels are typical. I tend to drink Powerade, Gatorade, Pedialyte, and sometimes small protein bars. This is the fuel I have been using since high school, so it kind of just stuck with me.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
My favorite cheat meal would have to be In & Out. I cannot live life without a double double every now and then. My favorite cheat drink would definitely be Starbucks. I always order the same thing. A medium vanilla bean frap, with caramel and whip cream. I also get the drink triple blended.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
I hate ice baths, but I do take part in those maybe once every other week. The reason I do not like them is because I am not a fan of anything cold, unless it's water. I mean listen, I am from California so even when it rains out here I hate it.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
The most important tip that I would give any new runner would be "have fun". If it is really something you enjoy doing and it makes you happy, stick to it and have fun with it.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Thus far, I have to say winning the PAC 12 Championships in the 200 meter dash as a freshman is my favorite accomplishment. That was a very special moment for me and I will never forget it.
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