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THE FINAL INTERVIEW
For many, the pinnacle of our sport is the Olympics. The best of the best line up every four years, and it's a battle between the world's most driven athletes. Every competitive runner dreams of what it would be like to stand on the Olympic podium, receiving a medal. Today's interviewee hasn't just dreamt about it. He's been on that podium. Twice.
Nick Willis is a four-time Olympian. He's earned a silver and a bronze medal in the 1500m, making him one of a small handful of runners in history to medal in the 1500m twice. Nick is from New Zealand, where he is a national record holder, and he was an NCAA champ for Michigan. Rob sat down with his former training partner for one final Myers Mile interview and this is one to learn from. Nick talks about training, racing, and his Olympic moments. We always say "learn from the best to become the best," and Nick is truly one of the best milers of his generation. Enjoy this final interview below.
MYERS MILE VIRTUAL RACE
We gave everyone a few extra days to post their race results. If you ran in the Myers Mile, watch your email for results along with a little congratulatory offering. Great racing! Our top 3 girls were Amy Weybrecht, Taylor Spencer, and Madison Eyman, with Amy running 5:14.8 - and both Taylor and Madison finishing at 5:16. Our top 3 guys were Christopher Lee, Alex Spangler, & Parker Reed, with Christopher racing a 5:03.7. To everyone who raced, great effort to cap off a tough spring!
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
We hear the question a lot right now. What next? We lost a track season and no one knows what to expect from the XC season ahead. Motivation can be tough. But we heard the same thing from almost all of our virtual camp speakers this spring - this interruption is an opportunity. It's an opportunity to log more miles, build a bigger base, and prep yourself for seasons to come. Yes, we lost some races, but we didn't lose those days. The best thing that you can do, as a runner, is to fill those days with motivated workouts as you dream of the next starting line. We will race again. When we do, we're going to find out who put the work in during this long off-season. Put yourself in a position to succeed by lacing up your shoes today and going out for one more run. We're so excited to see what it leads to.
Good luck with your summer training. If you have questions on anything, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we're here to be a resource for you.
- Chad, Ben, & Rob Myers with Myers Running Camp and Eric with Columbus Running Company