Marvellous Iheukwumere

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

Every time I step on the track, I’m always grateful for the opportunity to run. I’ve battled through many injuries in my track career and I believe I have so much more to accomplish. My passion for track and the ability to share my joy and love for the sport with others motivates me to continue running. It’s a way for me to glorify God and to inspire the young and the old.


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

When I don’t feel like running, I remember why I’m running and who I’m running for. I remember that God has blessed me with the talent so that I can use it to bring glory to His name and to share it with the world. I remember days that I couldn’t run and use that to be grateful for the opportunity. I also tell myself that it will be done before I know it and I can enjoy the rest of the day. I remind myself that I will not accomplish my goals if I quit or skip out on my daily routines.


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

I am a short sprinter, so I don’t run miles. I usually do sets of speed development, endurance, and technique workouts. I train 5 to 6 days a week for about 3 to 4 hours including the weight room and therapy sessions.


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

I was sprinting for the past five years with half of a needle stuck in my foot. The needle was pinching the metatarsal joint of my right big toe. I had the needle surgically removed in August 2014. It’s amazing that I was able to sprint and endure high impact with half of a needle lodged in my foot. It makes for a weird story and people are always surprised when I tell them.


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

I’m still trying out supplements (Genethix) for running, and I’ll post updates on my social websites. At this moment, I would say that I really enjoy Pedialyte, it’s great for keeping me hydrated at practice. In the past I’ve had a lot of problems with muscle cramps, so Pedialyte is always a great aid for me.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I’m a proud Nigerian and I love to eat Nigerian food. My favorite cheat food would be Nigerian jollof rice with fried goat meat and beef meat pie. I love juice a lot, so my cheat drink(s) would be orange juice, fruit punch and pink lemonade.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I DO NOT like ice baths. I’m notorious for not taking them. I haven’t found them to be effective for me, because I usually feel stiff after taking ice baths. I prefer contrast baths instead, because it gives me the perfect combination of hot and cold. I usually do contrast baths during fall training and in-season. I start off with 2 to 3 minutes in the hot tub, alternate with the cold tub, and I end with the hot tub so that my body feels refreshed.


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

Find something that works for you. Trust the process. Stick with the plan. In my journey of running, I’ve found that the most successful runners come from effective planning, patience and trusting the training regimen. Additionally, I would say that new runners should learn the importance of adequate sleep and nutrition. Sleep and nutrition are CRUCIAL to effective running results. In all, if you’re new to running, don’t be afraid to put your body through new things, trust and be patient.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

I have many favorite running accomplishments, but I will focus on two. It was a great moment to help my school, Columbia University to capture its first Conference Championship in school history during my sophomore year in 2012. Being one of the youngest people on the team, I was happy to immediately contribute to the team’s success through my individual events (60 and 200). My second favorite running accomplishment happened in June 2014. Right after I graduated from college, I was invited to run in the Nigerian National Championships. I ended up with a 5th place finish in the 200 meter dash. It was my first international meet and I was the youngest competitor in the field. I consider this one of my favorite running accomplishments because it showed me the greater potential I have to run at an elite level. Ever since the championships, I have been using my 5th place finish as motivation to get better so that I can fully represent my country and bring them medals in the near future. I’m excited for what’s in store!


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