After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
The feeling of being really fit and meeting your potential, nothing better! The feeling of crossing a finish line! The feeling of accomplishing a goal that I set for myself. The feeling of pushing my limit.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
First of all, it’s important that I always have a goal, a race on the calendar. This gives me a reason to get out the door. Then I just have to remind myself of the feelings I just mentioned.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Since taking on the challenge of triathlon, I’ve reduced my running to 3 days a week. Milage will range from just 10 to 20 miles per week. In addition, I generally bike 3 days a week, swim 3 days a week and do core & strength work 2 days a week. This routine allows me to run almost as fast as I did back in my pre-triathlon days when my weekly milage ranged between 40 to 70 miles a week most of the time.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
Singing too loud while running with headphones on. I’ve received some pretty funny looks. Yes, it’s happened more than once.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
PurAthlete Endurance formula. I like that it’s all natural and has a decent amount of protein in it. I’ve always felt better taking in some protein (amino acids) during longer runs and workouts. I like to compliment this with coconut water, bananas and boiled potatoes. I tend to tolerate real food with very little processing. Simple is better in my opinion, less to confuse the system.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Probably, have to say beer and wine. Although, I don’t think they're necessarily a poor choice if used in moderation. Sometimes I may treat myself a little too much.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Well, I wouldn’t say I like them but I have used them as a recovery tool for years. Why? Because they work!
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Increase running mileage gradually. If you feel a minor ache or pain, back off immediately. If you still feel it the next day, take a day off or turn to a non-weight bearing activity like swimming, lifting or biking for a day or two.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
That’s a hard one. I have many great running/racing experiences; I’m not a young runner. But I have to say that competing at US Nationals in the 3000 meter steeplechase was the running race I’m most proud of.
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