Hometown: Highland Village, Texas
College: University of Texas
Professional Team: Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite
1,500m – 3:44.88
3,000m – 8:01.71
5,000m – 13:40.30
5k Road – 13:51
10,000m – 28:33.14
It was in elementary school, at the age of 7, I was part of a group called Marathon kids which promoted health and wellness to fight obesity. The goal was to run the equivalent of a marathon distance (26.2 miles) over a season. It has now expanded into a national program that challenges kids to run the equivalent of four marathons in a season.
During my freshman year of high school. I realized that were is stiffer competition in high school and I had to start taking it more seriously. When I first started running I didn't have a structured program, it was my dad and me trying to figure it out as we went along. It wasn't until I got on the high school running team that I was on a structured plan which helped me to compete at a higher level.
I really like Ben's coaching style and the vibe of the Hoka One One NAZ Elite Team in Flagstaff. Ben helps you take a smart approach to your training and schedule of races to help get you to your goals. He's also really great at marketing the team and athletes so we can get the most exposure possible.
Pre-workout: I will generally wake up at least 2 hours before the start of my workout and immediately have a cup of coffee and toast with peanut butter. I go light on the PB to make sure I'm not tasting it later on.
During: I haven't had to worry about this factor just yet as most of my training has remained short enough where refueling isn't a major concern. I am excited to have the electrolyte replacement now to mix with my bottle of water to quench my thirst during workouts.
My goal is to shoot for the USATF road title for the road circuit, currently I'm in 2nd place behind Christo Landry, with Jared Ward, and Olympians Galen Rupp and Meb Keflezighi all in the mix.
I'm also focused on making the U.S. Cross Country World Team in 2016.