After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
After competing in two Olympics games, I still feel I can accomplish much more. I set the bar high for myself and my goals never change whether I may accomplish them or not. Furthermore, my motivation truly comes from the kids in Haiti. During my visits in Haiti, I am always taken back to see the strength the kids down there have. I hope to be some kind of inspiration to them as they are inspiration and drive to me during my training and journeys.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
On days I don't feel like running I motivate myself by not trying to motivate myself. Everyone is different and if I try to fool or trick myself to doing something I don't want to do at the time, I'm only hurting myself down the line. I don't like to force the issue of running on days I don't feel like running. It should come natural and without a second thought. My goals, struggles, and knowing my competitors are likely somewhere, in some mountain training as hard as I am automatically drives me and keeps me on my toes.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I average about 40 miles a week, which comes to about 160 miles per month. In a month, I'll run everyday but will take 2 or 3 days off.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
When running my mileage on streets or trails, I would have to say that the weirdest thing that probably happens way too often than I would like are random people with plain clothes on running beside me or behind me. They won't say a word but just run and try keep up. I can never figure that out.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
My favorite types of fuel I like to use are GU gels. I normally use them just before fatigue kicks in. I find it to be a good source of energy, a pick up when my brain wants to mentally fade due to fatigue. Isolate whey protein is something I like to use hours before workout. My body simply feels much more stronger during training sessions.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Burgers at Red Robin is definitely my favorite cheat food. Oreo milkshakes is also my favorite choice of cheat drink from my diet.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
From time to time but not too often, I definitely like to use ice baths to recover. My body feels much more rejuvenated afterwards and I like to use it for that reason.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
The most important tip I'd give new runners is to start slow. Starting slow in terms of mileage and workouts. Anytime new runners amp up their training, injuries tend to occur, resulting in less motivation to continue. My golden rule I use is never train too much, too fast, too soon.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
My favorite running accomplishment so far would be competing in my first Olympics in Greece, Athens. As I took my first step after the sound of gun of the 800 meter prelims, a wired feeling occurred. In just that half of a second, I saw images of myself running accomplished races during my days in middle school, high school, and college that had lead to that point. The Olympic Games.
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