Keshia Kirtz

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

There is still so much more to accomplish! Next is World Championships in London 2017, I want to make the team, win an individual medal and relay medal.

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

I am surrounded by people that encourage me to run and lift on the days I don't want to. I am not in this alone and there's more to running than the self recognition. I have a destiny and a planned purpose from God and as long as that includes running I will continue.


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

Since I am a sprinter I really don't keep track of miles per month.


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

I woke up with a crook in my neck and I could not turn my head whatsoever to the left. It was so painful. For the first time ever in my life I told my coach Quincy Watts I couldn't run and I needed the day off. He told me "Don't worry I was planning on sending you around the track the other way today anyway, so all you have to do is turn right." I was pissed.


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

I like a protein shake and boiled eggs. It's easy on my stomach and it provides me with the protein, carbohydrates and energy I need to get through a tough workout.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets kids meal with fries and a cookies and cream shake, plus the lemonade with no ice!


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I dislike ice baths because they are freezing cold but I do like Cryochamber.


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

The road to success is not easy, it's filled with challenges, adversity, and self-doubt. Stay strong in your faith, believe in yourself, accept help from others, and learn along the way and you will never lose. Once you win whatever you were after always help the next person achieve their dreams.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

2006 NCAA 4x4 relays hosted at The University of Oregon. I was just so proud of our team, the ladies that ran on the relay, all the sacrifices that were made from our team to make it that far and to anchor the relay to a win against a phenomenal athlete Jessica Beard, was an amazing feeling.


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