20 Questions with ME!

1. What is your Favorite Movie?

How to lose a guy in 10 days. I am not real sure why I love it so much but I do. I am also a huge fan of Bridesmaids.

2. Do you have a favorite workout or pre-race tune to get you pumped up?

Back in my competitive days 2 days before a race I loved to run the workout:  3k(150/50) This was a 3k on the track where I alternated 150 meters hard and 50 meters easy. It made me feel fast. Now days I am just trying to get back into the groove of running and racing it has been so long. I think it is time to find a new pre race workout.

3. What Running Shoe do you wear?

Asics 1000.

4. What is your favorite workout of all time?

I love tempo runs. I find it easy for myself to stick to a certain pace for a prolong period of time.

5. What is your Favorite Pre Race food?

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Call me old fashion, but the day before a race I like pasta with meat sauce. Since having to change my diet to a gluten free diet, I still stick to pasta but I usually pick a brown rice- quinoa pasta blend.

6. What is you all-time favorite food?

Right not is is Brussels sprouts.

And I HAVE A STRONG LOVE FOR ICE CREAM

7. What is your favorite event?

I like the half marathon and the 5k. I know, 2 very different events, but I get great joy out of both of them.

8. What do you do for fun?

I love TV shows, I have along list of my favorites. I also love spending time with my pug, Samson. He is so adorable and funny.  I have the most fun with thing revolved around running, whether it is just running with a friend or talking about it. I love everything related to running! Oh, and when the husband is not busy with medical school, I have fun times hanging out with him.

9. Who or what inspires you to keep running?

billy mills

Billy Mills has always inspired me. Seeing what he went through during his life and all the hardships. On top of all that he never let his passion and goals out of his site. He truly is a believer when it comes to setting goals and accomplishing them.

10. How do you stay motivated?

Luckily, I just love running. The love I have for this sport keeps me going. There are bad days however, and I just have to refocus and think about how lucky and blessed I am to be able to run. There has been times where I could not run and there will be times again where I will not be able to run, so I have learned to cherish the days I get to do what I love most.

11. What is your greatest running related accomplishment?

There are so many wonderful things I have accomplished. I don’t know if I have a favorite or greatest accomplishment.

12. What is your opinion on the importance of recovery days?

I am the worst when it comes to recovery days. I preach it to my athletes I work with. I am getting much better on taking a day off. I do it about once every other week. I think it is more important to listen to your body and if you just don’t feel it that day, then do not run, do something else or take a day off. It is all about listening to your body.

13. Do you listen to music when you run?

I never did when I was in high school or college, but the husband persuaded me into purchasing an Ipod nano last September. So now I run with music on most of my runs. I think I tune it out occasionally especially when i have a lot on my mind.

14. How has your training changed through the years?

I have started paying more attention to how I feel on each of my runs. When I was younger I would get so worked up and frustrated if my easy days were not fast enough.

15. Any advice on running gear?

I do believe having good socks is very important.  You want happy feet! I have always been a fan of Wright Socks. Also, try to avoid cotton, I know running gear can be expensive but I believe good gear makes the runs feel better.

16. What do you think is the most important aspect of training?

Listening to your body and doing the little things. It is OK to lift weights and try something new.

17. Do you run with a watch?

I have always ran with my good old fashion Timex watch. I have used it since high school. Then for Christmas my in laws and husband surprised me with the Garmin Forerunner 110. I absolutely love it and recommend it to anyone.

18. What is your typical day like?s

Currently we are in the transition of moving so my days are consumed with packing and preparing for our move to ARIZONA. However usually I run first thing in the morning, eat, do things around the house and meet with various runners throughout the day for workouts and exercises sessions.  Lunch is squeezed in there and dinner at night and bed.

19. What is next in line for you, where are you headed?

The goal is to get back into my old racing shape.  Hopefully in February if everything pans out just right I will run my first Marathon. However, I am terrified. I have a few half marathons on my schedule and 5ks as well. 

20. Best cross training activity?

When it comes to cross training I have done it all. My favorites are Stair- Master, and Spin class. followed by elliptical and finally swimming.

PS: Fill free to answer any of these questions yourself? Or check out any of the other interviews I have done with Seth, Andrew, and David.

Meet Andrew…

1. What is your Favorite Movie?

Batman begins

2. Do you have a favorite workout or pre-race tune to get you pumped up?

Listening to music and sitting only so I can focus on the race that im getting ready for

3. What Running Shoe do you wear?

Asics Gel nimbus 12

4. What is your favorite workout of all time?

200m repeats

5. What is your Favorite Pre Race food?

Mojo bars, or anything that is filling but not to heavy

6. What is you all-time favorite food?

Any kind of pasta… I love pasta

7. What is your favorite event?

The 3200 with the 5k in close 2nd

8. What do you do for fun?

Watch movies, hang with friends, and play sports for fun

9. Who or what inspires you to keep running?

The fact that I want to be the best and my friends and family

10. How do you stay motivated?

I look at my goals that i have so I am running for a purpose

11. What is your greatest running related accomplishment?

My 15:48 5k that I ran in cross country

12. What is your opinion on the importance of recovery days?

So you are able to compete at the top level without letting your body tire

13. What is your best memory?

Starting to run my sophomore year for the first time and getting a medal in my first race

14. How has your training changed through the years?

I have started to put miles on instead of just doing the minimum

15. How has your mileage changed in high school?DSCF1125

20-25 to now I run in the mid 50’s a week

16. What do you think is the most important aspect of training?

To better prepare yourself when the state championship come around

17. What is an example of a workout you would do before a major race?

A good easy 30min run and do some striders to keep the legs fresh

18. What is your typical day like?s

I average about 8 miles a day and so abs

19. What is next in line for you, where are you headed?

Im going to be running in college but I haven’t decided yet

20. Do you have any words of wisdom for up and coming runners?

If you want to be great, not just good, you have to be in 100% don’t think that natural talent will make you better, you have to work harder than everyone else if you want to be great

MEET SETH…

1. What is your Favorite Movie?

Without Limits (Thanks Anissa)DSCF1125

2. Do you have a favorite workout or pre-race tune to get you pumped up?

Before races I try to listen to music that calms me down because if you know me I am a nervous wreck before meets.

3. What Running Shoe do you wear?

Brooks Ravenna 3

4. What is your favorite workout of all time?

I’m still in search for that workout that really pops out to me but one I normally run well is 600m repeats on the track.

5. What is your Favorite Pre Race food?

I am the wrong person to ask about pre-race meals considering I get sick after every race, but eggs usually stay down the best.

6. What is you all-time favorite food?

Sushi!!!

7. What is your favorite event?

3200m because I’ve had the most success in it, but the 1600m comes in a close second.

8. What do you do for fun?

Hang out with friends, play sports, and go for easy runs.

9. Who or what inspires you to keep running?

My dad who passed away when I was little inspires me. Most people use those types of things for excuses. I think it is just another reason to go harder.

10. How do you stay motivated?

The thought of how easy it would be to quit, and people telling me I can’t do something. Especially because I go to a small school.

11. What is your greatest running related accomplishment?

Placing 2nd in state track for the 3200m my freshmen year.

12. What is your opinion on  the importance of recovery days?

If I didn’t have a recovery day I probably wouldn’t have any legs! So extremely important.

13. What is your best memory?

I have so many good memories but one that really sticks out to me was right after I got my medal in state for the 3200, Blake Goodin shook my hand and told me I will do big things. (He now runs for K-State and broke the medal count record for class 1).

14. How has your training changed throughout the past few years?

It has changed 100% for the better. I was clueless my freshman year.

15. What was your highest mileage in high school?

Low to mid 50’s a week

16. What do you think is the most important aspect of training?

Teaching yourself to have the right mindset. I believe running is 70% mental.

17. What is an example of a workout you would do before a major race?

400m repeats on the track early that week.

18. What is your typical day like?

Wake up around 5:30, get my run in, come home and get ready for school, wait for school to get over, go to basketball practice, come home, EAT.

19. What is next in line for you, where are you headed?

Just trying to be the best I can be. The ultimate goal is to run for a well-known division 1 school in college, but until then just doing everything Anissa tells me!

20. Do you have any words of wisdom for up and coming runners?

I’m an up and coming runner myself so I’m always looking for words of wisdom. But the best advice I’ve got is to believe that you can do anything, and you will do everything. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

20 Questions with a Professional

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!!!

DAVID JANKOWSKI

Home town: Idaho Falls, ID
College: Oklahoma State
PRS: Marathon: 2:16:15
          10000: 28:14.6
          5000: 13:40.3
          1500:3:45.3

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!!!!