After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
At this point, it is about attaining the goals that I have yet to achieve, like making an Olympic Team.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
On days where I do not feel like running, I make sure I have a running partner to push me out the door and make me accountable for the place and time.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
On average, I probably run between 160 to 180 miles a month. I take every other Saturday or Sunday off twice a month.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I got lost in the Netherlands while on a long run and drove around on a local's bike through the city trying to find my way back. I ended up having to call my Mom to get in touch with my agent to get me back to the base.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
I don't use goo's or gels, but I eat oatmeal before every workout. It is easy on my stomach and keeps me full for a long time!
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Cheat food is any sort of hot cinnamon roll or cinnamon dessert with ice cream on the side. The drink is a Blue Moon with an orange.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
No, I haven't taken an ice bath since college. Someone once told me that there is no scientific evidence that ice baths actually work. I despise being cold, so that was enough to keep me out of them.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Consistency is key! Running doesn't get easier if you do it once a month. It only becomes fun after you have prepared your body for 2 to 3 weeks in advance.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
So far, my favorite memory has been leaving for Europe on a whim after my senior year of college and breaking two minutes within a couple weeks of being there. My previous personal best was 2:02.
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