2. If you didn't become a professional athlete, what would you be?
I didn't have a plan b, that's largely why I made it but if it didn't work out I would have invented another job that was pursuant to my passion - better to invent a job than to find one... if that didn't work out I'd be the guy in the park wearing the 70's tracksuit and headband doing calisthenics giving passersby's the awkward head nod.
3. Where is your favorite place to compete?
Rock 'n' Roll Arizona has been really good to me - I set two American Records there; last time out I won the marathon and just missed the 50k world mark. The Mammoth Freedom Mile on July 4th is pretty fun too; I get to warm up from my house and run a mile along the parade route just before the floats begin.
4. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Definitely "mind control" because you could accomplish anything, anytime. Assuming all the other athletes taking this survey get a super power I would ultimately have their powers in addition to my own as I could make them do my evil world changing, humanitarian focused bidding.
5. What was the best advice you were ever given?
Before my dad passed he told me to be faithful with my gifts and relationships, pursue my passions, believe in my dreams, and preach from the heart. One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Howard Thurman: "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. "Another favorite is Joseph Campbell's, "Follow your bliss." I try to live out these philosophies daily