Tyler McCandless

Tyler McCandless

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

It's a simple sport. You are trying to achieve your genetic potential and setting goals along the way. The enjoyment of the journey of setting a goal, working hard, and trying to achieve it does not matter how fast you are compared to others, your past self, or your future self.


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

There have been moments in my career that I look back on and motivate me on those tough days. Sometimes I'll look back on winning The Kauai Marathon for the first time, or sometimes I'll look back at the times when a competitor pulled away from me to win. 


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

I run about 100 miles per week and about 10-11 times per week (i.e. 3 to 4 double days). So, a little more than 400 miles per month and about 45 runs! 


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

One amazing evening I was running in these wooded trails in west Boulder and it got dark. I got confused about which trail to take to get back to my car. I rounded a corner and there was a random dog on the trail who proceeded to run ahead of me and I followed it until I saw the parking lot. Right as I saw the parking lot the dog took off down the hill and there were no houses nearby. I'm very thankful for that dog getting me back safely. 


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

Oatmeal and peanut butter, which I eat every single morning and sometimes post-run too. 


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

Popcorn and a good beer.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

No, because they are cold. 


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

Have fun! It seems that new runner’s try to get super analytical with heart rate monitors, GPS devices, specific splits, weight loss books, etc. Keep it simple. Run hard when you're supposed to run hard. Run easy when you're supposed to run easy. Don't be afraid to take a risk in competitions! 


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

My favorite running accomplishment is winning The Kauai Marathon three consecutive years with a course record of 2:21. Given that course's tough hills and the hot and humid weather, that 2:21 in 2013 was the best race I have ever run.


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