After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
To continue to improve and be my best on race day. I love the feeling of hitting my goals for specific daily workouts.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
I remind myself how much better I feel once I am finished. Sometimes the hardest part of a run is that first step.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
Running is just one of the three sports I train for, so it's quality over quantity. The amount of miles depends on what time of the year it is and what distance I am training for at a specific time. I average about 35 to 40 miles per week.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
Back in college, a friendly neighborhood dog joined us at the start of a six mile run and ran the entire way with us. He returned back to his home at the end of the run.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
During long runs, I use PowerBar gels vanilla flavor to get me through those last few miles. Also, recovering immediately with a recovery sports drink is essential after hard or long runs.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
About five years ago, I used ice baths frequently while at the Olympic Training Center. Now I only use them if I have been on my feet all day, especially if it's hot conditions. I do feel like they help my legs recover!
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Gradually increase mileage as you start a training program. Be sure to include strength training into your week to help prevent injuries.
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Running my way to qualify for the Olympics!
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