What is your racing focus?
People, Places and Things
People: Who are some influential runners in your life?
I was fortunate to have been coached by great coaches both in high school and college. I went to high school in Northwest Ohio and my coach, Ross Deye, was recently inducting in the OHSAA coaches hall of fame. I went on to run in college at Eastern Michigan University where I was coached by John Goodridge. He has coached several national champions and taken three separate division one xc programs to top 5 finishes. Both had a big impact on both my success and love for running.
Places: What is your favorite place to run and why?
Wildwood Metropark (Northwest Ohio). I ran there nearly every day in high school and fell in love with running. I love the dirt trails and wooded running paths.
Things: favorite running gear?
Nike Lunar Tempo
What is your go-to pre-workout or race meal?
I’ve had a lot of luck with eating a good burger and fries the day before a marathon.
Do you have any specific pre-race rituals or superstitions? What are they?
I have a pair of socks that I’ve had since college that I wear on race days. Recently I’ve gotten into blue Powerade Zero as well. Beyond that I try to not take things too seriously or treat it much differently than any other day.
What is your favorite way to celebrate a good race?
After a nice easy cool down going to grab that post race beer from the beer tent! That usually leads to a few more beers at a local bar.
Past and future
What is your most memorable running moment?
My senior year of college I decided to mix things up and train for the 800. At our conference meet I finished All-Conference in the event. Then, a few weeks after conferences my friend asked me to run the USATF 50 Mile Road Championships with him that fall. Despite never having raced any distance over a 15k prior, I agreed. The races were about 5 months apart and I ended up finishing runner-up in the 50 Miler. To train for those two extremely different distaces in such a short amount of time was incredibly fun and challenging.
What are some of your goals for 2018?
The past few years I’ve been sick for Shamrock Shuffle which is the first real race of the year. I’d love to be healthy for that and help the team place well. Shortly after that I’ll be running Boston for the second time. Last time around I finished 65th - so this year I’d love to crack the top 50. Then I’ll mostly focus on the other Chicago races targeting Soldier Field and the Chicago Marathon in the fall.