After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I keep running because I know I am getting better each day. I feel my body getting stronger and faster and I know there's so much left I have to offer to track and field. I feel I haven't reached my full potential yet and that's what keeps me going.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
On days I don't feel like running, I remind myself that my competition is out doing things to get better and so should I. I usually try to think I need to do as much as I can each day so I am prepared to race against anyone.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
An average month I might average 10 miles a week so about 40 miles per month, but depending on our season we fluctuate on milage. For example during the fall (off-season) I may reach up to 25 to 30 miles a week, so about 100 miles a month.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I would say the time I fell at the 2015 USA Indoor Championships, the woman in front of me fell and we got tangled up in a ugly mess. I still have a big scar on my leg from her spikes. People say it looks like a shark bite!
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
I would say peanut butter with honey or quick carbs like a whole wheat/grain piece of bread. Because I usually get nervous so I don't want anything that will mess my stomach up but still give me energy yet still fill me up. I hate going to the line feeling hungry!
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
I would say a cheeseburger and a Dr. Pepper!
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
That's a hard question to answer. Do I think they work, Yes. Do I want to take to them to help me, Yes. But I don't like them! There's no way I can enjoy my time in there but I will say it pays off!
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Patience is key. Track or running is a hard sport to stay committed to because sometimes results take forever to see even after a tremendous amount of hard work. It takes time to develop the skills and experience you need to be successful in track or running.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
My favorite running accomplishment so far is placing 9th at the Olympics trials. I am still in shock saying that because I came in ranked somewhere in 30's.
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