Shannon Rowbury

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

I consider it a blessing that I have found a profession where I am trying to be the best in the world at what I do. My failures and successes are very quantifiable. That can be stressful at times, but I love that challenge.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

I love that every morning when I wake up I have a chance to be just a little bit better than the day before. Sometimes that's through a hard training session and other times it’s just by smiling a little bit more. I think the idea of daily self-improvement is great because it's you versus yourself, which is something every person can succeed at if they try.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

I train twice a day almost every day. Sometimes that means double runs, but other days my second session might be cross-training or weight lifting. My actual running mileage is around 70 miles per week, but all the other stuff adds a lot more hours.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

I've been chased by dogs a couple of times. To get them to leave you alone, you have to confront them as if you were the Alfa dog. It wasn't funny for me in the moment, because I was trying not to get bit, but for someone watching it all take place it probably looked hilarious.


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

For breakfast, oatmeal and almond butter. It gives me enough fuel for my long training sessions but is gentle on the stomach. For dinner, salmon and kale salads. I love all the nutrients in a big salad and the salmon is a good source of omegas/proteins.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

For foods, I love baked goods, so probably some sort of cake. For drinks, a nice glass of wine is always a fun way to relax.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

Yes. I think ice baths are a great recovery tool because they help flush out inflammation.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

Find a good coach and let them guide you. Running is a simple sport but you can easily hurt yourself if you don't have guidance. By finding a coach who can train you appropriately for your skill level and your goals, you will give yourself the best chance of running well for a long time.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

I'm extremely proud of my 1500 meter American record, which I set in Monaco this past July. The record was on the books for almost 32 years, which is longer than I've been alive. That kind of longevity in such a frequently contested event speaks to how strong the record was, so to break it makes me very proud.


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