After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
Although I have had success so far I still have a few goals that I would like to accomplish in my running career and that gets me out of bed even when my body is tired.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
Having teammates that are waiting on you to show up. Being part of an elite running group has been extremely helpful on such days.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I normally run twice, six days a week then a long run on Sundays. In general, I average 85 miles a week, which is close to 340 miles a month.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
One time I was doing hill repeats and this guy that was clearly very drunk decided to sit down and basically tried chatting with me every time I went by uphill and downhill for 45 minutes. I wanted to be left alone to do my hills reps but after such a long time it was too hard not to laugh about it.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
I’ve been using Vitargo mix as my primary fuel/recovery product for the last few years and I love the fact that I can consume quite a bit during training without experiencing that “fullness “ which can cause GI problems.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
I have a terrible sweet tooth, so pastries are my greatest temptation. I would eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could!
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
I love and hate ice baths. I dread the first 2 minutes but then love them because it really does help reduce inflammation and enhances recovery.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Try focusing on the small steps/progress you are making and don’t worry so much about the bigger picture because that can be overwhelming at the beginning.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
My Olympic Silver Medal is definitely my biggest achievement so far.
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