Biography

January 2005-June 2007
Wichita State University
Graduated: June 2007
Masters of Education in Exercise Science
GPA: 3.66

August 2000-December 2004
Wichita State University
Graduated: December 2004
Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science
Business Administration Minor

PRs: 5000: 14:27.37 (2005); 10,000: 29:39.69 (2005); 1/2 Marathon: 66:17 (2007); Marathon: 2:21:51 (2006)
Born: Feb 18, 1982 in La Mesa, California
Career Highlights: (2001) All-MVC Cross Country; (2003) All-MVC Cross Country; (2003) MVC Indoor Track 5k Runner-up; (2003) Outdoor Track 10k Champion; (2004) MVC Outdoor Track 10k Champion, 5k Runner-up; (2005) MVC Indoor Track 5k Runner-up; (2006) 34th place USA 1/2 Marathon Championships; (2006) 59th place Chicago Marathon (debut); (2007) 29th place USA 1/2 Marathon Championships; (2007) 21st overall at Boston Marathon; (2007) 57th place US Olympic Trials Men's Marathon; (2009) 41st place Boston Marathon

From an interview about the Olympic Trials:

You placed 57th at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on November 3rd. Describe this race for us.

It was the most incredible and biggest race experience I have ever had. The New York Road Runners did a first-class job with everything on race weekend.

The course was like running a 26.2 mile fartlek. There was little rhythm to running this course as the mile splits were back and forth due to the hills. I was very pleased with the effort I gave. I left nothing on the course and I am thankful for the chance to run against the best. I must say that I was disappointed with how my legs felt on race day. When I finished, my heart and lungs were not taxed, but my legs just wouldn't go any faster. Within one minute, my heart rate was back down to a recovered level and I felt like it was just another hard long run.

To prepare for this race I had trained in Alamosa, CO for 4 months. I was doing my tempo runs at no-faster than 5:00-5:25 per mile, because I just couldn't go much faster at that altitude (7,500ft.). I now feel like the lack of training at my goal pace of 5:10-15 per mile, ended up hurting my leg speed at the Trials. I also opted for the mileage aspect instead of putting in the needed speed work while I was there. Bottom line, I became very strong and fit, but I was not the marathon athlete I thought I would be at the Trials.

What key concept(s) do you believe are necessary for success of a marathon runner?

The marathon is a challenge for anyone, no matter what talent they have. Most importantly the training base has to be developed, preferably for years, before undertaking the distance.

I feel that because the marathon is 98.5% aerobic and 1.5% anaerobic, that the aerobic element must be trained to its highest possible level. This means focusing on the long runs as well as tempo runs at marathon pace. The tempo runs are very important to practice for months before hand so that the runner gets accustomed to the pace that they will be running for 26.2 miles.

I feel that fuel intake is also important to practice during the marathon build-up. Using electrolyte gels and drinks during long runs and tempo runs are helpful to train the gut to digest calories during exercise. Digestion during the run will become more efficient as it is practiced during exercise.

Running will make you a great runner. I feel, however, that runners should strive to be athletes. Undertaking regular strength training, flexibility, power, and running form sessions designed to enhance running mechanics are all keys that will make running in general more successful. I have recently begun a strength training and flexibility session that I do 4-7 days a week. I have also begun power and dynamic strength drills that I do 2-3 times each week. I have learned from running against and getting to know some of the world's best distance runners that they don't just put in 110-170 miles a week. They are in the gym, stretching, getting massage, sleeping and eating right. When all of these elements are put together, something special can happen.