After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I can't imagine not running; it makes me happy, feel more alive and there are few sensations more satisfying than the moments following a hard run.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?
On the very few days when I don't feel like running, I try to remind myself that running should be fun. Whether it's exploring a new route, running with a partner, or taking off the watch and relying on feel. Sometimes it helps to shake it up a bit.
On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?
I run 6 to 7 times a week and generally hit 60 miles per week.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
I won't go into detail, but suffice to say that it involves an exploding toilet.
What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?
Coffee, pancakes and maple syrup because they make me smile.
What's your favorite cheat food & drink?
I don't have any "cheat" foods since I believe that including treats in moderation is very important. That said, I keep my dark chocolate, burger & french fry consumption (all foods I love) in check.
Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?
Nope. I'll use them if I'm working through a niggle, but I avoid ice baths. There's evidence suggesting that reducing post-workout inflammation via ice baths could inhibit performance gains over time.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Running becomes much easier the more that you do it. Consistency is key!
What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?
Finishing 4th at the 2012 London Olympics in the triathlon. The race came down to a running race and that discipline of the three was traditionally my weakest. It was the first time that I felt like I was a pretty good runner!
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