Fleet Feet + FrontRunner Elite Team
We are proud to have a group of blazingly fast runners on our elite team. They represent our Fleet Feet + FrontRunner family at many different events: from local 5ks to international marathons. Because many of us are 'mere mortals' when it comes to running, we wanted to bring these goddesses and gods down from Mt. Olympus in order to get to know them a little better! Check out their photos and information and make sure to say hello to them when you see them at a race or out on a training run!
1) What has been your favorite race you've run and why? I love the Columbus Marathon. The energy is great, the course is awesome, and it's home.
2) What are your running goals for 2016? Sub 3 in the marathon and snag some PRs in shorter distances.
3) What is your favorite post-race meal/drink? After a marathon I love ice cream but after the shorter distances chocolate milk works great.
4) If you could run an easy 5 miles while chatting with anyone (historical figure or current figure), who would that be and why? Steven Prefontaine because he was amazingly awesome. I also lack the ability to run hard when it hurts. I would definitely love to hear straight from him how to run when every part of you body says to quit.
5) What is your go-to shoe for training and what is your go-to shoe for race day? Brooks Glycerin are my go to for training and my race shoe is the Mizuno Sayonara.
1) What has been your favorite race you've run and why? Wilmington College XC Invitational 2015. This is my favorite race, first of all, because it is the race of my 8k PR - 25:16. But more than that, this meet was pivotal in my senior season of cross country at MVNU. In my 3 prior seasons, I had run my best time two weeks before at the All-Ohio meet and then proceeded to have a very average race at Wilmington and then struggle to return to that form late in the season. This time, things were different. I blew my previous PR out of the water and that momentum led me into the home stretch of the season where I was able to qualify for nationals for the first time. It was a huge monkey off my back and I look back to that race as one of those races where everything just came together.
2) What are your running goals for 2016? In 2016, I hope to transition into racing marathons, hopefully breaking under 2:30. Coming out of college, I'd like to do more "fun" running and hit up the trails a little bit more, not worrying so much about getting in a certain amount of mileage as experiencing joy in running.
3) What is your favorite post-race meal/drink? Mountain Dew, Oreos, Cake, Cookie dough, and anything else that would be considered atrocious for my body.
4) If you could run an easy 5 miles while chatting with anyone (historical figure or current figure), who would that be and why? If I could run 5 miles with anyone in history, it would have to be Martin Luther (not to be confused with Martin Luther King), and it would have to be longer than 5 miles. He was a man that played a major role in instigating the Reformation in 16th century Europe. What I admire about Luther is the fact that his Christian faith informed his actions, even when the powers-that-be told him otherwise. This persevering faith led to many hardships, but his passion for truth has benefited many people. He did not fear other people, but steadfastly trusted in God, trusting that his faith would be rewarded. Running with such a guy as Luther would be fascinating.
5) What is your go-to shoe for training and what is your go-to shoe for race day? The Nike Zoom Structure for training, and the New Balance 1500 for racing.
1) What has been your favorite race you've run and why? My favorite race that I have run happens to be the Trinity Invitational in high school! The reason it is my most loved is that the course is one of the best and fastest course in the nation that also give you a challenge. The atmosphere at the meet also happens to be one of the most energetic around. All around everyone is in great company and it is a fantastic meet!
2) What are your running goals for 2016? My running goals so far are to get back into shape. Once that is accomplished we then can move onto looking at dropping my 5k time down to around 14:45. The next step would be to get around 30:00 in the 10k. There are still many miles and workouts to be done to get there.
3) What is your favorite post-race meal/drink? The thing I crave the most after a race happens to be a UDF milkshake, chocolate milk with chocolate ice cream!
4) If you could run an easy 5 miles while chatting with anyone (historical figure or current figure), who would that be and why? I would love to run an easy 5 miles with Bart Yasso. He is such an influential part of the running community that running him 1-on-1 would be a hell of a time.
5) What is your go-to shoe for training and what is your go-to shoe for race day? For training, I have two types of shoes that I like to use. On workout days, I like to go for a racing flat such as the Nike Streak or Mizuno Hitagami. For normal mile days, I like to run in Nike Vomero or the On Cloudflyer. When it comes to racing I will usually wear something like Nike Rival Distance or Saucony Endorphine.
I started running my Junior year in HS. My younger brother had started running because his shop teacher had convinced him to run cross country. I was playing soccer at the time and he convinced me that running would be good to get me into better shape for soccer. I wasn’t very good but I stuck with it and by the end of the season, I earned one medal in a reserve race. I had a more successful Senior year and I was hooked. I continued running in college where I was fortunate to run for a great coach, Dave Lehman, with some great teammates that helped me achieve All-American status in the 3000m Steeplechase. I am proud that my wife and 2 daughters are active runners and have all ran at least one half marathon.
My tips to success: Have Goals, Keep a running log, Find people that have similar goals and are a pleasure to run with, Be flexible
My Goals: Run long and Prosper
I started running in 2006 when I joined the Worthingway Middle School cross country and track teams to give myself a break from soccer. I was nowhere close to being the fastest but that didn’t matter, everyone on the team was friendly and made me enjoy the time together. Once I got to high school I had to choose between the two sports, the fun and sense of family that running provided won out. I ran under Jeff Henderson in both cross country and track during my time at Thomas Worthington high school. I continue to compete on the club level in running, cross country, track, and triathlon at Miami University. This year I placed 8th and received all-American in the 5k at NIRCA (collegiate club) Nationals. Currently my best times are 4:26 in the mile, 9:16 in the 3k, 15:32 5k , and 1:16:09 in the half marathon. The events that I really like to run are anything from 5k up to the half marathon because I feel like these races allow you to get into a rhythm.