Manchester College, 2010 (Athletic Training)
In 1st grade my elementary school put in a quarter mile fitness trail around our recess area. If you chose to run/walk during recess, you were given a punch card to keep track of your laps. Every 25 miles completed throughout the year would bump you to a new "mileage club". In second grade I set our school record with 300 miles, and in 5th grade I beat it with 525 miles. When they repaved the track in 5th grade, they let me put my footprints in the concrete. Since I teach at my old middle school, I get to run past those same footprints and remind myself of how I got started.
California International Marathon - 2019 2:17:49
I knew the whole race I was on pace, but it didn't sink in that I had a real shot until mile 18. At that point I was like, "Don't mess this up!" When I crossed the line and saw my time, the emotions came flooding out and I cried tears of joy knowing that the countless hours of hard work and sacrifices had paid off.
Northridge High School - 2006
2004 Cross Country Team State Champions
Team qualifying for the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championship
3 Rivers Running Company; Grand Design
I'm one of the few people I know who still uses a flip phone
10x 1 mile repeats with 1 minute rest between each
National Parks. I love to travel to these places and go for runs where I can explore off the beaten path.
Physical Education Teacher
This changes frequently. Right now I'd say sweet potatoes... but I'm also a sucker for a good cheeseburger.
Eliud Kipchoge. Getting insight from the greatest marathon runner to date would be interesting to say the least.
I'm going to cheat and say all 4 of my grandparents. They have all passed away at this point, but it would be fun to introduce them to their great grandkids.
Be competitive. Training for the trials has been a rocky road with injury and sickness, but my body is mostly recovered at this point. Qualifying for the trials was my moonshot, and making the Olympic team may not be realistic, but I still want to use my God given talents to the best of my ability and finish with no regrets.
My wife and 2 kids have made a lot of sacrifices to allow me to train at a high level. I would not have qualified for the Olympic Trials without their support and encouragement. God has blessed me with some amazing gifts and opportunities, and I hope I never take a step for granted.