First I want to thank David for giving me the time to collect this interview. David and I did run together when we attended Oklahoma State. After he graduated he headed up to Michigan to run for the Hanson Brooks Project. After a few years in Michigan fighting through the cold winters David moved down to North Carolina to run with Zap Fitness. Currently he is in Idaho training and will be racing in Manchester in just a few weeks. I hope you all enjoy the first interview: 20 Questions with a Professional!!!
Home town: Idaho Falls, ID
College: Oklahoma State
PRS: Marathon: 2:16:15
1. What is your Favorite Movie?
Let’s go with Blood Sport. I don’t really have a favorite, but Van Damme is awesome.
2. Do you have a favorite workout or pre-race tune to get you pumped up?
I rarely listen to music before I race. Not out of principle or anything, but I typically get pumped up on my own.
3. What Running Shoe do you wear?
I am switching between the Asics 2000 and the Adidas Glide at the moment.
4. What is your favorite workout of all time?
Either 6 x mile or a good old 4-mile tempo
5. What is your Favorite Pre Race food?
Usually spaghetti, but I am pretty flexible.
6. What is you all-time favorite food?
Mom’s meatloaf (which changes every time)
7. What is your favorite event?
The 10,000-meters on the track. I like the rhythm you can get into on the track and the atmosphere that a confined space brings.
8. What do you do for fun?
Outside of running I mostly read the Bible and play the drums.
9. Who or what inspires you to keep running?
The challenge that running presents keeps me going. I like to think that I can still pr in every event I have run, and for that reason I would like to progress until I don’t think there is more in the tank.
10. How do you stay motivated?
It depends on the day. Sometimes waking up is enough. Other days remembering a future or past race is helpful and still others I think of the people who wish they could be doing what I have done and am doing.
11. What is your greatest running related accomplishment?
I am not sure, but I will say the 2009 USATF Club XC individual and team titles.
12. What is your opinion on the importance of recovery days?
Recovery days are vital to a training segment. Without giving your body sufficient time to recover it is difficult to continue to progress in workouts and races. These days also serve as great mental buffers to help avoid mental burnout.
13. What is your best memory?
I would have a hard time picking a best. One of my favorites would have to be working with my teammates from Oklahoma State University to cruise to our third consecutive regional title, before going on to finish third at the NCAA DI Championships 10 days later. Being surrounded by the teammates who worked hard all season toward one goal was a lot of fun. I remember looking to my right and seeing Matt Barnes-Smith and David Chirchir then looking to my left to see Ryan Vail and Dan Watts and thinking, “this is too easy.” The addition of Colby Wissel (Kansas) and John Beattie (Tulsa) running with us over the final 2k added to that experience.
14. How has your training changed through the years?
The main change in my training has been an increase in mileage. I ran between 15 and 25 miles per week in high school, 50-65 in college, and now run between 95-115. With that change the duration of workouts has also increased.
15. What was your highest mileage in high school versus now?
I hit one week of 35 miles, generously measured, in high school. Now, I believe my highest mileage week is 122. I had consecutive three weeks of 120, give or take 3 miles, last fall.
16. What do you think is the most important aspect of training?
Putting in the work is the most important thing. No matter how talented you are, if you don’t put the work in you can never achieve what you are capable of. Once the work is in, confidence and belief in your ability to perform are the most important things.
17. What is an example of a workout you would do before a major race?
I don’t do any major workouts in the week leading up to a major race. Typically I am tapering my mileage at that time. I will do something like 5 or 6 x 1k at 3:00-3:05 on the track with 1 minute recovery in the days leading up to a big race. 10 days out I will do my last major workout of the season.
18. What is your typical day like?
Pretty laid back. I wake up, run, eat, mess around or go for a few hours of work at a local running store before running again then having dinner and going to sleep.
19. What is next in line for you, where are you headed?
On Thanksgiving Day I will be in Manchester, CT running the annual Manchester Road Race. I am pretty excited to be a part of their race. I would go so far as to say it is the best Thanksgiving Day race in the US.
20. Do you have any words of wisdom for up and coming runners?
Listen to your body. Being aware of how you feel on a day-to-day basis can help you to stay health and recovered for races and workouts. Sometimes taking one day off today is better than needing to take 2 or 3 weeks off later.
THANK YOU AGAIN DAVID FOR GIVING ME THE TIME TO INTERVIEW YOU!!!!