5 Questions with Writing About Running

Ever want to ask an athlete five questions via email? This is the ever growing archive for that! If you're interested doing an interview or know someone that I should reach out to, contact me!

Manteo Mitchell
Published November 7, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I wanted more than just gear at my door every few months. I craved a relationship. The Brand’s dedication to performance is second to none and on a more personal level."
Click here to read the Manteo Mitchell interview

Steve Wheeler
Published July 14, 2014 at Sir Walter Miler

"He led most of the way through even spits of 61, 2:02, 3:03. I kicked really hard with 250 to go on the back straight to a 56.4. I wasn't challenged at the finish and probably had a little more in reserve if I had been – but not much!
Click here to read the Steve Wheeler interview

Pat Casey
Published May 30, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"Heading into the stadium coach Gags told me to go with the leaders, no matter how fast the race went out. This was slightly nerve-racking"
Click here to read the Pat Casey interview

Leo Manzano
Published May 1, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"Now that I have the support of Hoka One One, I am not only grateful but even more motivated to put in the work required to take advantages of the opportunities this sponsorship creates."
Click here to read the Leo Manzano interview

Josphat Boit
Published April 24, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I could have bet you my house that I wasn’t going find myself in the lead. But the way the race unfolded, I found myself ahead and it was like a dream… a really great dream."
Click here to read the Josphat Boit interview

Des (Davila) Linden
Published April 17, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I’m excited to toe the line in Boston and know I will put my best foot forward. Having past success on the course certainly doesn’t hurt, but I get most of my confidence from the training I’ve put in."
Click here to read the Des (Davila) Linden interview

Ian Milder
Published April 3, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I have the best distance coach in the state as my coach. I have an amazing group of alumni that still push me to be better. I have current teammates that push me. And just the tradition here is to be the best."
Click here to read the Ian Milder interview

Merge Records
Published March 21, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"It was about a half-marathon distance from the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro to our offices in Downtown Durham. Somehow, the idea of a “fun run” amongst friends became a much bigger goal!"
Click here to read the Merge Records interview

Emily Lipari
Published March 20, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"During the race, I had lost contact for a bit, but I knew there was a chance that I could be top three. I started kicking with that thought in mind and realized that winning the race was not out of the question."
Click here to read the Emily Lipari interview

Todd Williams
Published March 13, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"The weather was perfect, the course was ideal and my confidence from training was at an all-time high! Do I think others should have broken it by now? Sort of, but I trained my ASS OFF and was ready!"
Click here to read the Todd Williams interview

Chanelle Price
Published February 27, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"Last year was my first year out of college, and when running was all I had to focus on, I burnt myself out physically and mentally. This indoor season, I’ve started to enjoy running again."
Click to read the Chanelle Price interview

Marvin Bracy
Published February 20, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I would still be at Florida State right now if adidas offered me a GEAR deal! I make great money, but my deal will get sweeter if I keep handling business on the track."
Click to read the Marvin Bracy interview

Deborah Maier
Published February 7, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"It was my first time competing with the best runners in the US and made me realize running professionally was something I had a strong desire to pursue. The after party at the Wild Duck wasn’t too shabby either."
Click to read the Deborah Maier interview

Lauren Kleppin
Published January 24, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"In the middle of my race, around mile 8, I distinctly remember mumbling out lots of “Holy [four letter words]” in disbelief, as I realized a huge PR was coming to fruition."
Click to read the Lauren Kleppin interview

Sage Canaday
Published January 16, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I’d love to mix it up in a wide-variety of races this year around the world. Right now the SkyRunning Ultra series is looking pretty lucrative as being ranked #1 in the world in that seems like quite a challenge."
Click to read the Sage Canaday interview

Jake Hurysz
Published January 14, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"As long as you put yourself in position to win races, the times will come. Staying healthy is also a big key for me now. I’ve started taking the little things much more seriously and have started focusing much more."
Click to read the Jake Hurysz interview

Craig Longhurst of the JDL Fast Track
Published January 7, 2014 at the Daily Relay

"I thought we had a good chance of getting the three meets we originally identified, but never imagined we would be awarded NCAA national championships and USATF masters nationals meets so soon."
Click to read the Craig Longhurst interview

Danny Mackey
Published November 5, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I approach everything from the perspective of the athlete first. Which sounds pretty basic, but I have to check myself daily to make sure every decision needs to be in the best interest of the team first and foremost."
Click to read the Danny Mackey interview

Emily Infeld
Published October 22, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I feel so blessed that I have been given the opportunity to train with Kara and Shalane under Jerry (Schumacher). They are two of the absolute greatest women I will ever meet."
Click to read the Emily Infeld interview

Cally Macumber
Published October 4, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I can honestly say becoming a Kentucky Wildcat was one of the best decisions of my life. Although there have been three coaching changes in my 4 years at UK, I was able to learn from each and every one of them"
Click to read the Cally Macumber interview

Jason Hartmann
Published September 20, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Every person, no matter how fast they are or how many years they've trained in this sport, gets let down or frustrated when something they've invested so much time, emotion, energy, and sacrifice into gets taken away, and for a reason that you can't even be angry at!"
Click to read the Jason Hartmann interview

Ajee' Wilson
Published September 4, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I was nervous about what people would say, and worried about whether or not I'd be successful. The more I thought about my future and what I wanted to accomplish, it became an easier decision to make."
Click to read the Ajee' Wilson interview

Erin Davis
Published August 30, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I felt like I had an adrenaline rush that never ended, and all my training/racing came seemingly effortless. On top of that, my team was really on a roll and they certainly helped my success."
Click to read the Erin Davis interview

Jordan McNamara
Published August 5, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"After making 3 USA finals before '13, the initial disappointment was intense, but quickly, that pained emotion was replaced with a burning desire to right this wrong and make 2013 a truly positive experience."
Click to read the Jordan McNamara interview

Chris O'Hare
Published July 23, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I knew that I had to win the trials or it was going to be very difficult for the selectors to select me. I wanted to give them no doubt that I am the best man for the job."
Click to read the Chris O'Hare interview

Mike Young, PhD (Sport Scientist and Strenth & Conditioning Coach)
Published July 17, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"It will take time, several ‘after the fact’ busts, and sponsors and meet promoters seeking financial compensation for their losses, but I think that this will help to significantly deter doping moving forward."
Click to read the Mike Young, PhD interview
Lawi Lalang
Published July 11, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Even coming to Europe, I remember Bernard Lagat telling me that I am ready and I can run with anyone in the world. They have supported me since I came to Arizona."
Click to read the Lawi Lalang interview

Bubby Lyles (who got 150,000 retweets to take Lolo Jones on a date)
Published July 10, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"In the beginning, I promoted the idea by just texting some friends, asking them to retweet. I went on Facebook and told people if they had a Twitter to please retweet it for me, or if not, to share the post."
Click to read the Bubby Lyles interview

Jeneba Tarmoh
Published July 2, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I am definitely at peace. And it was a hard decision to make because I knew it was a decision not many people would understand."
Click to read the Jeneba Tarmoh interview

Brandon Johnson
Published June 28, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"My plan is to be one of the most versatile runners ever recorded... I know what it means to run fast. Although I may be new to the 800m, I am not new to the sport or to running fast."
Click to read the Brandon Johnson interview

Mac Fleet
Published June 25, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"There are great doctors and therapists everywhere with wide ranges of techniques and you never know what your body is going to respond to. Keeping a positive attitude is crucial."

Craig Lutz
Published June 18, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"My “new” process on running is that I can’t keep expecting great things from myself in everything that I do. It’s not a realistic idea and one that no man can accomplish."

Abbey D'Agostino
Published June 15, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Because of his own racing experience and interest in sport psychology, he has been able to teach me that even the simplest mental preparation can make a world of difference."
Click to read the Abbey D'Agostino interview

Alexi Pappas
Published June 4, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Pacing for the 5k was an honor and a thrill. I was nervous before the start in a similar way as before a cross country race– didn’t want to mess up the pace and let the *team* down."
Click to read the Alexi Pappas interview

Kim Conley
Published May 29, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Making the Olympic team completely opened the doors to the world of professional running for me. My time in Europe last summer gave me valuable experience racing and competing at an international level."
Click to read the Kim Conley interview

Treniere Moser
Published May 21, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I also starting working our Strength Coach, David McHenry and he has gotten me insanely strong. No stone has been unturned. The details have been important."
Click to read the Treniere Moser interview

Ben True
Published May 14, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"I have been putting in a lot of hard work over the past few years, without the results to show for, and it is nice to begin seeing the results of all my hard work."
Click here to read the Ben True interview

Cory Leslie
Published May 8, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"The plan going into Tokyo was definitely to make a good run at the world A-Standard. We knew it would be a fast race and would give me a chance to really see where I was at."
Click here to read the Cory Leslie interview

Darvis "Doc" Patton
Published April 30, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"Consistency has been on my side. I’ve been with the same coach, strength trainer, nutritionist, massage therapist and agent my entire career. That’s almost unheard of – not just in track – but any sport."
Click here to read the Doc Patton interview

Brenda Martinez
Published April 24, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"He said with a solo effort, I can go under the A-Standard. I trust every word Coach tells me. Every time I step on the line, I just think to do my best and bleed for coach."
Click here to read the Brenda Martinez interview

Craig Leon
Published April 18, 2013 at the Daily Relay

"From a kid who never finished in the top-10 at his own high school state meet, to finishing 10th at the Boston marathon – it doesn’t get much better than that."

Richard Fannin
Published March 6, 2013

"We try to position our race as a fun, spring break "family" reunion weekend; where hey, there also happens to be an awesome 15k race!"

Genevieve LaCaze
Published July 19, 2012

"I wrote the splits down on my hand and convinced myself there was no way I shouldn't be hitting them. When I crossed that line in 9:41 it was a big sigh of relief but I knew that was only half the battle."
Click here to read the Genevieve LaCaze interview

Michael Tolcher
Published July 16, 2012

"I think running all those years built up my lungs for singing! Actually, putting on a show is a lot like a race. I approach shows similarly; psych myself up, clear my mind, and give it everything I got!"
Click here to read the Michael Tolcher interview

Sheila Reid
Published July 13, 2012

"I thought the appeal process was over and that I wouldn't be going to London, so I was confused. But when it was confirmed officially, I was ecstatic! I'm still smiling about it."
Click here to read the Sheila Reid interview
Kyle Alcorn
Published July 12, 2012

"In 2008 making the Olympic team would have just been a huge cherry on top, this year it was a necessity and I treated it as so."
Click here to read the Kyle Alcorn interview
Ciaran O'Lionaird
Published July 11, 2012

"My running goes well when my life outside running is balanced and not vice-versa. I felt like OTC gave me a better opportunity to achieve that, and so far it's been great."
Click here to read the Ciaran O'Lionaird interview

Donn Cabral
Published July 10, 2012

"Making the Olympic Team wasn't the cherry on top. It was the meat and potatoes. That's what I had dreamed of all year."
Click here to read the Donn Cabral interview
Alice Schmidt
Published July 9, 2012

"Successful athletics was the status quo. After college, I knew I wanted to find a similar atmosphere. As a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center, I've got the same thing."
Click here to read the Alice Schmidt interview
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom
Published July 7, 2012

"I did a workout in Flagstaff that made me think, "you know, I might be able to break 32:00 if I get lucky." Well, I got in the race, felt decent, and now here we are."
Click here to read the Janet Cherobon-Bawcom interview
Matt Scherer
Published June 13, 2012

"You usually can get better jokes with rabbit, which I always appreciate. Sometimes my friends introduce me as a professional quitter."
Click here to read the Matt Scherer interview

Paul Chelimo
Published June 11, 2012

"I will have to bump up my mileage this summer to get ready for the Cross Country season. I am so thirsty for the National title; all it takes to win, is discipline and hard work."
Click here to read the Paul Chelimo interview

Liz Maloy
Published June 8, 2012

"Patience is the virtue we've stood by throughout the past five years - it has been difficult at times, but I honestly think it's made me a better person and a better athlete."
David Torrence
Published June 6, 2012

"There's no "Distance Decathlon", we're not in the business of being good at several events. I have to be great at one if I'm going to make this team."
Click here to read the David Torrence interview

Bobby Mack
Published June 5, 2012

"I remember finally getting back to running about four years ago, mainly just running for fun. It was great! Jumping in some of the local 5K's getting beat by other local runners, but I didn't care, I was running."
Click here to read the Bobby Mack interview

Augustine Choge
Published May 31, 2012

"My relationship with Lagat goes back to the year 2004... he has been more than a friend. He is like my parent, brother, teacher and moreover, a mentor."
Click here to read the Augustine Choge interview

Gabriele Anderson
Published May 25, 2012

"Since we were all experiencing similar transitions, including both the excitement and anxiety that comes with it, we immediately hit it off as friends!"
Click here to read the Gabriele Anderson interview

Russell Brown
Published May 22, 2012

"I am ecstatic that I am now a big step closer to going to the Games, absolutely. But it also is a badge of honor for me that runs a little deeper than the procedural benefits it gives."
Click here to read the Russell Brown interview

Erik van Ingen
Published May 17, 2012

"The novel deals with a college athlete on the verge of making it big. The struggle and exploration of self throughout the narrative is something that I can closely relate with."
Click here to read the Erik van Ingen interview

Austin Mudd
Published May 8, 2012

"I was staring at the clock coming down the last 100 and I was actually pretty surprised when I saw the time, I'll take a 5 second PR any day!"
Click here to read the Austin Mudd interview

Bridget Franek
Published May 7, 2012

"I now see that it would be very difficult to find the amount of support and commitment we receive from the community and our coaching staff anywhere else in the country."
Click here to read the Bridget Franek interview

Diego Estrada
Published May 2, 2012

"I am dealing with countries, not colleges, so the decision was permanent. I am proud to be a Mexican-American!"
Click here to read the Diego Estrada interview

Cam Levins
Published April 26, 2012

"Having Canada's A+ Standard really takes a lot of pressure off me this weekend for chasing the Olympic A Standard in the 10,000m. I just want to go experience my first 10k ever on the track and have fun."
Click here to read the Cam Levins interview

Brie Felnagle
Published April 12, 2012

"The weather was amazing (especially since it was the worst March on record in Washington) and we got a lot out of the trip. Mental toughness included."
Click here to read the Brie Felnagle interview

Betty Wong (Editor-in-Chief at Fitness Magazine)
Published April 9, 2012

"I’ve now run more than a dozen half-marathons, two New York City Marathons, and the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon."
Click here to read the Betty Wong interview

Tim Jeffreys (filmmaker of "The 41st Day" aka Ryan Hall Film)
Published April 7, 2012

"I found a passion for film that needed to be cultivated. I proceeded to essentially go to "film school." I read everything about movies and watched all the films I could find."
Click here to read the Tim Jeffreys interview

Thomas Graham
Published April 4, 2012

"A lot of times, it’s just a slow run with friends, but sometimes it gets competitive and when it does, an hour plus of hammering hills is a really good workout."
Click here to read the Thomas Graham interview

Stephanie Stark (of 100 mile/100 beer week fame)
Published March 29, 2012

"Do an ice bath every day, do two-a-days and don't do it with anyone you would be embarrassed to $hit yourself in front of, just in case."
Click here to read the Stephanie Stark interview

Derek Rubis (the Hub of Distance Running)
Published on March 6, 2012

"I saw some people on Facebook with this thing called FACE in HOLE. I thought I would give it a try and now I am addicted to it."
Richard Fannin (Gate River Run Elite Athlete Coordinator)
Published on March 5, 2012

"I used to sit down with my dad with a stack of Runner's World magazines and Track and Field News lists, and compile our recruiting lists for the race. 30 years later, I am still doing the same thing."

Jackie Areson
Published on March 2, 2012

"Now, the further out of college I get, the more the team moments stick out in my mind and the more they make me proud to be a Lady Vol."
Mike Rutt
Published on February 29, 2012

"It is an honor to be able to wear the USA uniform and to race for my country. It has been a goal of mine to qualify for a US team, and to finally do it is very satisfying."


Luke Puskedra
Published on January 13, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"I feel that I have underachieved on the track compared to results in Cross Country and the workouts I’ve done. I’d like to run fast in the 5000 and 10,000 and win some team titles... to finish off my college career."
Click here to read the Luke Puskedra interview

Ricky Flynn
Published on January 7, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"I ended up going to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half and had a really good race with some good guys to run with and it worked out really well. It was a huge weight off my chest when I hit the time and I surprised myself a little bit by being that far under 65:00. It was a great feeling."
Click here to read the Ricky Flynn interview

Jesse Armijo
Published on January 5, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"I'm more of a racer, but in the marathon, all my pervious performances were calculated failures by going out with a watch and clicking off even splits, until I inevitability faded. At CIM, I decided to just race."
Click here to read the Jesse Armijo interview 

Fernando Cabada
Published on January 3, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"I have what it takes. I've won 3 USA Championships... and am in better shape now. If I was to run a 2:08 on January 14th, that wouldn't surprise me. I've been due for a performance like that. It's on and I'm ready for any kind of race."
Click here to read the Fernando Cabada interview 

Drew Polley
Published on January 2, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"The fact that my training partners and I have handled most of the workouts pretty well doesn’t change the goals we set at the beginning of the segment though. The Hanson bosses will tell you that it is important to stick to your plan and run your own race!"
Click here to read the Drew Polley interview 

Brent Vaughn
Published on  January 1, 2012 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"My goal at the trials is to make the team. I think thats the reason I'm running. Training has gone very well and I think strange things sometimes happen over the marathon distance "
Click here to read the Brent Vaughn interview 

Meagan Nedlo
Published on December 31, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"It was such an incredible, incredulous offer that I had no choice but to say yes! And so that's how I began my first collegiate track season at the ripe old age of 26."
Click here to read the Meagan Nedlo interview 

Tyler McCandless
Published on December 30, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"How big was Kauai for me? It was really a game-changer. Financially, it was important because I was able to use that money for a down-payment on a house."
Click here to read the Tyler McCandless interview 

Danny Mercado
Published on December 28, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"But after tireless nagging from the guys, Greg decided to give me a shot. From there, everything just clicked."
Click here to read the Danny Mercado interview 

Addie Bracy
Published on December 27, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"It took me a year or two to adjust to the difference in training, as well as my training environment. It wasn't until the last 8 months that I really felt that I had a breakthrough."
Click here to read the Addie Bracy interview

Molly Pritz
Published on December 23, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"Both in training and the race I found an inner strength I never knew I had and I'd like to think that my NYC experience has not only made me a stronger runner, but a stronger person in every aspect of life."
Click here to read the Molly Pritz interview

Joe Moore
Published on December 20, 2011 (part of the "Road to Houston" series)

"There was a tight turn at the finish, and I saw the clock tick over 1:04:50, and I knew I had it. It was more just a huge relief that I had finally gotten it."
Click here to read the Joe Moore interview

Trent Mooring (co-founder of Mother Earth Brewing)
Published on December 8, 2011

"We normally run every day at lunch to give us a break from the brewery and to keep our endorphins going. So, we actually came up with this name one day when we were running."

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