FF: What is your favorite thing about the hard work it takes to compete, and how does this translate to other activities in your life?
CM: My favorite thing about the hard work is that it builds character. I would not be the person I am today without going through all I have been through with training. Since I started running, I have become more confident, passionate and determined in my everyday life.
JG: My favorite thing about the hard work it takes to compete is that sometimes it feels like you’re in a fog and you can’t tell where you are or where you’re going—you’re just doing it because you trust your training. All of a sudden, almost in the blink of an eye, you’re out of the fog, and you’re in really good shape. The type of shape where you feel you can do anything, runs feel effortless, hard workouts feel like a fun little game. It’s something that you weren’t sure was there, but you just had to press on through the hard work to get to that fitness level. This means with other things in my life I am able to be more patient because I know sometimes I am not sure where things are going, but I can wait a little bit longer and everything will find its place.