College: College of Social Science/honors college
Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
High School: Grosse Pointe South High School
Favorite Event: 5K, 10k and half marathon
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: H-STAR, Honors College Dean's Advisory Board, Honors Service Club, Honors Mental Health Club, Hall Government, Psychology Club
what brought you to running club: I love to run and meet new people
About Rachel: I started running in middle school on the track team, but it wasn't until high school that I started running cross country. The team I was on for my high school had 120 girls on it! It was one of the best things I did in high school and I am so excited to be on another amazing and big team!
Major: Computer Science
College: College of Engineering
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
High School: Detroit Catholic Central
Favorite Event: 5K and 1600
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU MMA Club
What brought you to Running Club?: My senior year of high school, both of my cross country and track seasons ended off on horrible circumstances. Needless to say, I didn't hit any of my goals I set for those seasons and was not ready to give up running just yet. My sister, who had just graduated from MSU, told me that MSU had a running club, and I started to gain interest in it. I looked up the club, and seeing everything about actually helped me a little bit in deciding to go to MSU. The people, culture, and friends I've made are what keep me coming back day-in and day-out.
About Ryan: Mixed martial arts is my favorite sport and pretty much my passion in life. I don't miss a UFC event if I don't have to, and my one of my biggest life goals is to win a world championship.
I'm also a Dragon Ball Z/Dragon Ball Super mega-fan. Also the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know the canon to all of those franchises by heart.
BIG Hamm's guy
Begoner of THOTS
Major: English with a Spanish minor!
College: College of Arts and Letters and College of Education.
Hometown: Huntington Woods, MI (near the Detroit Zoo)
High School: Berkley High School
Favorite Event: 4x400 and the Half Marathon!
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Member of the Global Educators Cohort Program, Member of Pláticas (where you can go and practice speaking Spanish), I love to go to MRULE, and I have a job at Upward Bound MSU which is an after school program for high school students in the Lansing School District
What brought you to Running Club?: I love to run and wanted to continue running in college! I also wanted to beat the Freshman 15. It also is a great way to make friends!
About Maddy: 1) I LOVE to travel!!! I studied abroad during Spring semester of last year in Valencia, Spain. I love anything Spanish related including the language, food, dancing, holidays, etc. I also was able to travel quite a bit throughout Europe when I was there as well!
2) I have run four half marathons and I hope to run my first marathon in 2019 or 2020!
3) I love working with kids and teenagers of all ages. I have been a camp director for two years for 6 and 7 year olds. During the school year I work with high schoolers at my job. This year I will also be working in a middle school classroom.
4) I am getting my teaching degree and will be certified to teach English and Spanish.
5) Once I receive my teacher certification, I hope to teach in a Spanish-speaking country!
Major: Food Science
College: College of Agriculture
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mi
High School: East Grand Rapids High School
Favorite Event: Half Marathon
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Food Science Club, writer for Spoon University, Slow Foods Club, Honors College, Food Science Undergraduate Research
What brought you to Running Club?: I didn't run competitively in high school. I was on the tennis team, and ran a few days a week as a form of cross training. I started freshman year of MSU on the Club Tennis team, but wanted more physical activity as practice was only twice a week. My friend from high school recommended I join running club, so I came to a practice in mid-September and then kept coming. I fell in love with running with people, pushing myself in workouts, and getting better at running. Because of this club, I met my best friends and tried new things like running a half marathon and a 25k. Joining running club is the best decision I’ve made in college.
About Ellie: I love food, which makes sense since I'm majoring in food science. I write about and photograph food for Spoon University and for my food Instagram (yes, I'm one of those people that photographs their food at restaurants). If you're curious about how much peanut butter I consume on a daily basis, check out @peanutbutterandellllie.
Riley Van Pelt
Major: Advertising Management and Sales Leadership
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Hometown: New Buffalo, Mi
High School: New Buffalo High School
Favorite Event: 1 mile baby!
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU Global Sales Leadership Society, Academic Orientation Program
What brought you to Running Club?: I joined the running club, because I didn’t want to stop competing in running after high school. I was just starting to find my stride with running, but I wasn’t good enough to be a part of MSU’s actual team. So on one Sunday afternoon during my senior year of high school, I was meeting up with a different running club. A former MSU Running Club member by the name of Old Man Blosser showed up to this particular practice and basically promoted the running club to me. His description sounded perfect to me, so I did some research and follow @MSURunning on Twitter. When they followed me back, I was absolutely pumped. And now I run that Twitter account lmao.
During my freshmen year of college, me and Tommy Brettscheider decided to partake in the Okemos IHOP challenge. The challenge was to beat the record for living in IHOP, which at the time was 54 hours. If we completed this, we would get our names permanently on a plaque in IHOP… and of course have pride. We were super confident that we could complete this challenge easily over Spring Break. In fact, we were too confident.
So after partying the night before, getting 5 hours of sleep, and going on a 9-mile-long run, we entered the doors of IHOP. We had called the manager the night before and he said it would be awesome if we did the challenge. However, a different manager was there the next day and he almost didn’t let us do it. After some thorough convincing by Tommy B, we were able to still do it… except now we were not allowed to sleep. If we slept, we would be kicked out. This added to the whole drama of the experience and made it a much tougher challenge, but we were still going to push through.
The challenge started off easy. We just had to order food every 8 hours and play around on our computers. However, at the 20-hour mark, life started to get really rough for me. To help make my life better, Tommy B and I thought it would be a good idea to order the All You Can Eat Shrimp at IHOP. This would lead to my inevitable downfall. I got sick around hour 28 and had to leave at hour 29, just barely over halfway there. I abandoned Tommy B, and he ended up falling asleep and getting kicked on out at hour 33.
After our failed attempt, our buddy and his friend ended up doing the IHOP challenge last spring. They made it 65 hours and crushed our record without sleeping. RIP. So there are a lot of morals to this story… even the best fall down sometimes, always plan for the worst, there’s always someone better than you, don’t order the All You Can Eat Shrimp at IHOP, etc. Either way, the people you meet on the running club can take you for a wild ride. It’s a fun time.
Major: Food Science
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Hometown: Hartland, MI
High School: Hartland High School
Favorite Event: 5000m
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Food Science Club
His parents live in Germany and his brother goes to college in Cleveland!
College: Natural Science
Hometown: Naperville, IL
High School: Naperville Central High School
Favorite Event: 800m and 1600m
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Research at the crops and soil science building. work at Shaw caf, member of the Campbell hall government, looking to be an RA next year.
There was this one time he was running in the winter with some of his guys. Their hands got really cold so they dashed into a shady fried chicken joint just 400m from the high school. They felt bad about tracking in snow and mud just to be warm so they raced the 400m back to school. It was a recovery day. #NeverForget
Hometown: LaGrange, IL
High School: Lyons Township High School
Favorite Event: Triple Jump, Long Jump, 100, 200
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: None
Jack is really into today's alternative music. He can play guitar and sing and would definitely be down to jam with some people!
Major: History Education
College: Social Sciences
Hometown: Grandville, MI
High School: Grandville High School
Favorite Event: 800m
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: History Club
Matt loves wearing super hero clothing to running club runs. Hence, his nickname is "Spider-Matt". Spider-Matt likes to compare himself to Forrest Gump, in that most of the time he just "feels like" running. He can also make some pretty dank cookie.
Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Romeo, MI
High School: Romeo High School
Favorite Event: More of a social runner
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU Supply Chain Management Association
-Played tennis and lacrosse in high school, but always liked running
-Big into drumming: was part of high school drumline as a section leader
-Loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers
-Played drums for one of his high school theater shows called "Aida", which was written by Elton John
-Really loves playing the drums and jamming with friends
-Has an 11-piece drumset
-Loves going to concerts and being in the outdoors
-Really likes drumming
Ryan Grotenrath (Yachty)
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Coopersville, MI
High School: Coopersville High School
Favorite Event: The Mile
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU Snowboard Club, Usher at the Breslin
-Wasn't into running before joining this club
-Was a soccer player for all his life
-Likes making dank friends
-Never been on a yacht
-Doesn't like the food broccoli
-Likes Star Wars
-Likes the color blue
Why everyone calls him Yachty: Ryan was once running with Lucas Werner, and they were talking about rising hip hop artist Lil' Yachty. At this point, Lil' Yachty was sort of unknown, so Lucas thought it was really cool that Ryan also knew about Lil' Yachty and his music. So Lucas decided to start calling him Yachty, and like many nicknames in this club, it just caught on.
Hometown: Coldwater, MI
High School: Coldwater High School
Favorite Event: 4x800
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Ski Club, State Room host
-No, he does not bleach his hair
-Yes, he is single
-No, he is not from California
-Once had a fox steal his pants in the woods
-Does not enjoy long walks on the beach
-Does not like sand between his toes
-Really likes chocolate milk
-Yes, that is actually him with Emma Watson
Jacob Broman (JB)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: White Lake, MI
High School: Lakeland High School
Favorite Event: 5K
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Undergraduate Research Assistant
JB played soccer for 7 years until he found cross country in 7th grade. He has since never looked back and has thus far set a PR of 16:42 in the 5K!
Webmaster note: Jacob's nickname is JB because BJ said so. If you are member of the MSU RC, you are not allowed to be named Jacob.
Major: Zoology/Marine Biology
College: Natural Science
Hometown: Northville, MI
High School: Northville High School
Favorite Event: Hurdles, 200m, 400m, or 5K
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU snowboard club, fish and wildlife club (still in process of joining), and just scored an internship at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing!
Audrey is a transfer student to MSU, so this is actually her first year here. Before coming to MSU, she ran for Schoolcraft Community College and was the captain of their cross country team! Audrey loves being outdoors, whether it's fishing, kayaking, longboarding, or just simply exploring. Her favorite place to be is up north on a lake! She also loves animals and would say that sharks are her favorite. And as a determined fellow, Audrey loves racing and is always looking for new ways to push herself!
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Dexter, MI
High School: Dexter High School
Favorite Event: Just running enough to stay ahead of the competition and to be able to enjoy all the pizza at late night
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: RA in Holden, member of MRULE
-Not a fan of things that aren't appealing
-Bleeds Green and White (might need to get that checked soon)
-On a scale from MatLab to HEY-YA by Outkast, he gives this club a 10!
Major: Forensic Psychology
College: Social Science
Hometown: Rochester, MI
High School: Stoney Creek High School
Favorite Event: 5000m or 400m
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Ultimate Frisbee
Jaden likes socks. He has literally over 30 pairs of weird socks and 0 normal white ones. What does he do with these socks? Show 'em off with his XC short shorts of course! Watch out for Jaden in this year's edition of the Chocolate Milk Mile - the dude's a pro (kind of but not really). He once chugged a quart of chocolate milk and then proceed to race a mile without throwing up! Oh and he wants to join the FBI later, so watch out.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Omaha, NE
High School: Omaha Westside High School
Favorite Event: Cross Country or 2-mile
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Baja SAE, Cru
He is a twin and he loves cars. That's all you need to know.
College: College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
High School: Dana Hills High School
Favorite Event: Whatever involves a travel meet
Other Activities Outside MSURC: PCMA (a management and event planning club), and Spartans Rebuilding Michigan ( community service club)
Surprisingly, Britt is actually the only redhead in her family! She also used to be a competitive swimmer but has since transferred to running. However, if you are also into swimming, she would still be down to swim some laps with you. Britt also has a love for fashion and a big interest in college sports, and thus hopes to work with collegiate teams in the future.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
High School: Muskegon Catholic Central High School
Favorite Event: Mile, but is more of a social runner
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: IM Soccer Ref, Engineering Student Council
Dean is a transfer student from Muskegon Community College after receiving his Associates Degree, and so this is his first semester on campus. Dean is from a small high school that didn't even have a cross country team. However, there was a track team that he was a part of. One of his fondest memories from track was finishing last in the 800m and 1600m his senior year. Thus, he would rather label himself as more of a cyclist, having logged over 2,800 mile the past two summers! Dean now mostly uses running as a stress relief (yeah engineering!) and to meet new people.
Dean likes his name. If you can't remember it, just think of Jimmy Dean or Dean's ice cream or something like that. Or maybe just remember food. Dean loves food. You love food. You love Dean.
Major: History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (Minor in Spanish)
College: Lyman Briggs
Hometown: St. Joseph, MI
High School: St. Joseph High School
Favorite Event: Cross country, mile/1500m
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Recently joined the Red Cross Club
Natalie loves to eat. She definitely would not describe herself as a food critic, food snob, or any of those things, but she does love to try different foods as much as possible. And as an aid to her enjoyment of trying different foods, Natalie also likes to travel. So while abroad, she will make a point to get the real “taste” of the culture of the area that she is in.
Natalie is also the VP of Administration for this club. In fact, she was actually the person who started this Featured Member thing last year when she served as Webmaster!
College: Arts and Letters
Hometown: St. Johns, MI
High School: St. Johns High School
Favorite Event: Cross Country stuff
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: Not much yet; still looking around
Nick is a transfer student so although he is a sophomore, this is still his first year at State. Although he thinks they're kinda cliche, Nick is really into music, cartoons, and movies. Those things make him happy, along with puppies and running. Nick was also a swimmer in high school, so if any of you are looking for a guy to swim laps with (like in the winter), be sure to let him know!
Major: Voice Performance
College: College of Music
Hometown: Petoskey, MI
High School: Petoskey High School
Favorite Event: More of a social runner!
Other Activities Outside of MSURC: MSU Dodgeball Club, MSU College Democrats, ILS Student Assistant in MSU Libraries, MSU Opera Theater
Quentin grew up on a dairy farm with 200 cows. He can also drive just about any type of car and tractor. Quenin loves to party, but don't try to challenge him to a dance off because he will beat you. In addition to being an involved member of his high school cross country and track teams (he was captain of both), he also played hockey for 12 years. But as if that wasn't enough, he also loves musical theatre and knows every word of every part of West Side Story. Thus, with how busy he is, it makes sense that he has a love for food. And don't worry, food loves him too.
Home state: Michigan
Year on club: 2
College: College of Engineering
Major: Computer Science
Adam’s favorite season of running is cross country, and he enjoys partying after track meets. During the recent elections, Adam was voted to be the 2016-17 Social Coordinator. This spring, Adam helped organize a Running Club team for the MSU Relay for Life, which had a successful turnout. Check out the email interview with Adam below:
Running Club: “What is your favorite memory from Running Club?”
Adam Blaida: “My favorite memory from Running Club was definitely Nationals my freshman year. Hosting it in East Lansing, along with the absolutely insane number of people at KARL afterwards from all over the country, certainly felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
RC: “Why did you initially join?”
AB: “I joined Running Club because in high school all of my friends came from running, and I craved that social running atmosphere. As many people in the club know, I’m not a serious runner anymore. I never have enjoyed competing in running nearly as much as I do going out for a long run with a great group of friends, and Running Club offered exactly what I was looking for: low commitment to races, greatly varied runs, and a social and welcoming atmosphere. It was everything I had hoped for!”
RC: “What are you looking forward to most about being an officer?”
AB: “I look forward to helping grow the club further. Though growing the club and introducing new members is something that falls on all members of the club, as Social Coordinator it is my job to help grow that sense of family between old and new members, and the better job I do that, the more new members that will stick around.”
RC: “Is there anything in particular you hope to do to make the club better as someone on the e-board?”
AB: “My biggest goal is to expand the social events in the winter months to encourage more people to come out. I know there are many people, myself admittedly included, that are deterred on some days when it is too cold to bike to practice. By expanding social events in both practice and out of practice, we can hopefully maintain a stronger community through the winter months.”
RC: “Why did you run for Social Coordinator?”
AB: “I wish I had some deep reasoning behind it, but I like hosting events and getting people to have fun. I think I can do both of those well so Social Coordinator was a good fit.”
RC: “What sorts of ideas do you have planned for the club?”
AB: “Certainly the biggest thing would be a winter ski trip. It was a blast with those who went last year and having it planned much earlier on would lead to more people going and a much better hill. Beyond that, I hope to get more Running Club IM teams started.”
RC: “What is it like living in one of the Running Club houses? Are you excited to keep the Gunson Burner for next year? How will it be different after Pat, Mike, and Jack move out?”
AB: “Living in the house was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. We all get along really well, the house itself isn’t a burning garbage pile like KARL, and we have stories worth a lifetime. I don’t know who will step up to Pat’s place as house mom, or who will hit Rama quite like Mike, or even what it will feel like to actually have 5 roommates, assuming no one disappears for days at a time like Jack. I’ve loved having all these guys as roommates but I certainly can’t wait to have Capitol Hill at the Gunson Burner next year, with 4 out of the 5 roommates being officers.”
RC: “Tell me about Dunkin, the fish from Relay for Life.”
AB: “Dunkin really was the glue that kept us together for Relay for Life. Most teams left overnight, many of them with many more members than our group. The comradery around that little devil kept us laughing, including doing laps and literally saving his life multiple times. Once, while Eric Haymes was taking a selfie, a Frisbee hit our table and ran right over where Dunkin was not 10 seconds earlier. Beyond that, the amount he walked around the track with us was more than most of our members will do in a week. Certainly Dunkin was a staple member of our Relay team and his death took a toll on us all.”
Home state: Michigan
Year on club: 2
College: College of Education
In addition to Running Club, Emily is involved in Ski Club and the Outdoors Club and works at the campus cafeteria. Her interests besides the clubs involve the outdoors, like hammocking, hiking and going on adventures. She also likes “Tree hugging, Madi and Tori, stalking Squanda, kissing running club boys (Wisconsin), and long walks on the beach.” With conflicting schedules, we had a chance to interview Emily over email:
“I joined running club because I saw Madi and Tori running one day, and I really wanted to be like them. My favorite aspect of the club is the social aspect. As soon as I found out this club loved running and loved drinking about as much as running, I knew the people in this club were my people.My least favorite part is the actual running. I'm just a social runner :). I ran track and cross country throughout high school. I'm not quite sure on my favorite events... Totally depends on the shape I'm in. However since I'm slower than I was in high school, I'm starting to like longer distances. Hoping to train for a marathon in the summer! Favorite memory? Oh gosh... Nirca Nats is always a fun memory! Long live #nircasluts,” Emily wrote.
Home state: Michigan
Year on club: 1
College: James Madison College
Major: Social Relations and Policy
Alex is very involved on campus. In addition to being a member on the Running Club, Alex is Treasurer for Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity, Director of Party Relations for MSU College Democrats, and works at the Horticulture Gardens on campus. He also works at ASMSU as Governmental Affairs Community Liaison and sits on the Student Allocations Board. However, Alex said that his ideal life would be to “spend every day of his life at a beach playing volleyball, drinking beer, reading some Hemingway and getting a good burn.” Aside from that, Alex said he has season tickets to Spartan football and hockey. As far as sports go, Alex said he is best at sleeping, then golfing, and finally, running.
Running Club: “So you’re pretty involved with ASMSU, right?”
Alex Noffsinger: “Yeah.”
RC: “What is your position with them?”
AN: “Well, I work as their Governmental Affairs Community Liaison, so I work fourteen hours a week there working for the City of East Lansing. I represent the students of MSU on a couple of commissions.”
RC: “So do you have to go into Lansing then to work with them?”
AN: “No, I usually just work from the Student Services offices. We have ours on the third floor, so I’ll just go there after class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays and luckily I just get to work from there. So it’s a pretty nice set up.”
RC: “What do you have to do?”
AN: “I usually do a lot of research work, like on policies that they are trying to pass. I look through a lot of ordinances and some of them we end up supporting and some of them we end up opposing. So it’s kind of up to me to track them, or if something comes up that doesn’t look good I’ll tell my supervisor like “Hey we should do some more research on this” or “We should make a meeting with the mayor to talk about this.”
RC: “What’s an example?”
AN: “There’s this housing policy right now called the Non-Conforming Ordinance where it restricts the ability of landlords to make structural updates and changes to rental properties. If they do, it revokes the rental license of the property turning it back into single-family homes, so traditional--not college students. So it’s a way of the city getting rid of student housing close to campus.”
RC: “So do you oppose that one?”
AN: “Yeah, definitely. I think a lot of students would rather live in houses. Obviously in Running Club we have House KARL and the Gunson Burner, and they are old houses with some character in them. But these are a couple of houses where updates could be made to them and the city is trying to ban it. So it puts landlords in a tough position because people are going to live in them no matter what, and they aren’t bad but they could be better. So it’s just not a good situation. And the city is not going to budge on it, so it’s just kind of a battle.”
RC: “Would you opposing it and your supervisor looking more into it do anything. Or is it more of that this is what is going to come, so expect it?”
AN: “It kind of does, realistically. He got into the planning commission for the city and then I got onto a committee, a little task-force that was formed through the city. So I would say in that aspect it has been kind of affective because we have had student representation at the city-level. So it’s pretty official in that aspect and we have been been able to go to the meetings and speak out for the students. And so I think we have some influence at the committee level, but eventually everything goes to the city council.”
RC: “And they just vote.”
AN: “Yeah, so there’s pretty much a 3/2 dividing at the students right now when it comes to student policy. So realistically, there’s probably not too much that we can do, but it makes students look better that we are aware of what is going on.”
RC: “How did you get involved with ASMSU?”
AN: “I actually just got hired as a marketing intern last year as a freshman in fall semester. So all throughout my freshman year, I did like five hours a week helping with a lot of their projects and events and initiatives and I just focused on flyering and social media stuff. It was pretty easy and it wasn’t really what I wanted to do, but it was a way to get into the door and then going into my sophomore year this year, I applied for this job, and I was able to get it.”
RC: “That’s perfect. Do you get paid too?”
AN: “Yep, it’s a nice gig.”
RC: “Do you want to go into that sort of stuff? I mean, you’re in James Madison. What’s your major?”
AN: “I study Social Relations and Policy, so it kind of relates to what I do because even right now we are looking at the social aspect of housing policy and you wouldn’t expect to be able to ever really use that major but you kind of do. East Lansing has a non-discriminatory clause against students. Well they include like ‘student-level’ or ‘student-status’ right up there with religion and race. So it’s pretty significant when you’re looking at it that way. As far as city politics go, I think it’s a good place to start, but I don’t think I would want to spend my life there.”
RC: “Would you want to go to law school? Is that your plan?”
AN: “Yeah, I kind of do. This semester I am rushing a pre-law fraternity, so I’ve been really busy with that. Like, this past weekend we went down to Northwestern Law School and Loyola of Chicago, so it’s something on the table. Obviously it’s extremely expensive and it’s kind of a gamble as far as if it’s worth it nowadays because that market is kind of saturated, But I guess right now I’m just learning more about it. I wouldn’t rule it out of the table or the option of ideas but it’s always a good option if you’re passionate about it. And I’m pretty passionate about policy and law and the intricacies of it, so I’m definitely open to it.”
RC: “How do you balance everything? You’re involved with ASMSU and now you’re rushing this pre-law fraternity. Are you involved with anything else, other than Running Club?”
AN: “I’m on the e-board of the College Democrats as well. But I think next year I will probably be taking a smaller role with them. I’ll probably be on the e-board still but I don’t really do that much right now.”
RC: “What’s your position?”
AN: “I am the Director of Party Relations. So I do a lot of outreach work with a lot of the democratic clubs around us, like the Ingham County Dems and the Meridian Township Dems. So with them I don’t have to do much; I just go to meetings once a week. But I think if I can take a bigger role on next year with ASMSU, I think I would probably just keep it to the fraternity, Running Club, and ASMSU. And that’s why I like Running Club because you can pencil in 5:00 PM I can go run for an hour and you can treat it like an obligation, even though you’re just running--you know what I mean. I think a lot of us are like that. I don’t know, I enjoy it a lot because I get to go out there and I wish I hadn’t been hurt this semester because it kind of sucks.”
RC: “What injury have you been dealing with?”
AN: “I actually have stress fractures in both of my legs. The pain started back in October and I ignored it of course and I remember running Regionals at Indiana. I initially wasn’t going to go down because I was already hurting a lot and I decided to go and planned to watch with the idea of maybe running. Of course I ran because I got there and popped a bunch of pills and put on a bunch of icy-hot like it was suntan lotion and nothing was helping. So I ran then and then I remember being in so much pain, and then I ran a 5k--the turkey trot--and I was miserable. It was the worst pain of my life. After that, I was like ‘I have to get this checked out,’ so I went in to get an x-ray and they sent me to Sparrow Hospital and I went there over winter break and I got x-rays done. I didn’t expect anything to be wrong because I thought that they were just following up. So I was getting ready to get back out there and I had a follow-up appointment with the physical therapist and he just sat down and told me I had stress fractures in both of my shins and said that I couldn’t run until late March. At first I was like, well it can’t be that bad, but then he scared me because he said that I only have one shot to really fix this because if I ran on it and messed it up some more, I would be dealing with some issues for a while. He jokingly told me that I should start working on my triathlon career so I was just going to bike and swim a lot. But then I got really busy with other things and then it was winter. I also tried swimming in the lap pool at IM Circle and it’s difficult. I never thought that it would be that difficult. I got kind of turned off the day I almost drowned.”
RC: “That sounds like a story. What happened there?”
AN: “I didn’t literally almost drown, but I was down 50 yards and I was 25 yards back and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t do this.’”
RC: “Was this the first lap?”
AN: “No it was like the fifth lap, but I swam out and I did that and it was just not good. But I went over to Holden with Jenna Chapman and they have the free cardio gym in the basement, so whenever we both had the time, I would go over and workout down there. I’ve been pretty lazy. I did go for my first run Saturday night, actually.”
RC: “How was it?”
AN: “It felt pretty good.”
RC: “As far as not being in shape and everything else.”
AN: “Yeah, not being in shape, not stretching, being really cold. I think I ran three miles. I started out at Campus Village. It was like 3:00AM and we had just gotten back from Chicago my friend was like ‘Chuck, do you want to go for a run?’ I told her that I hadn’t run since November but she said that she didn’t care and that she just wanted someone to go run with so she didn’t go running alone at 3:00AM. So we went running at 3:00 and we ran down all the way to the end of River Trail by Hagadorn and then all the way back. So it was probably too far for the first time out, but it felt really good.”RC: “And you haven’t run since?”
AN: “Yeah, I haven’t run since Saturday.”
RC: “But did you feel pain? Did your shins hurt?”AN: “No, I didn’t feel pain. A little sore, but I think just because I hadn’t run in that long and I had been up for about 24 hours straight. It wasn’t the best. But I felt kind of good because before I was heel-striking pretty badly and so I’ve been reading a couple of books and Jenna said she would teach me how to run so I got some new shoes and start from scratch. Before I was really slow, and it was just a wasted time and effort with my running form, and it was hurting me too. It was kind of a nice restart, so I’m just trying to take it slow.”
RC: “When you’re not injured, do you prefer track or cross country?”
AN: “I actually never did either one before I got here. I started running senior year of high school just for fun and then I ran a lot my freshman year, and then this year Jenna told me to check out the club, and that’s when I joined. But I’m pretty slow. That’s fine, I don’t care. So I think I’d enjoy cross a lot more. And I just enjoy running around versus the speed aspect of it as far as being on the track.”
RC: “Do you think that there’s more stigma behind track as compared to cross country?”
AN: “I think there probably is. For someone who’s never done it before, when you look at track runners compared to cross runners, and the idea too that everyone can see you when you’re running track. Like, with MC5 you were back in the woods and no one cares. And I know that no one actually cares or is judging, but you are judging yourself and I don’t know you can be a little self-conscious that way. I don’t know, my goal is just to be a healthy runner. I’d rather run slow and be able to run every day than be fast and not be able to run that much.”
RC: “Do you think the Running Club was welcoming enough for you as a beginner runner, or was it intimidating at all? There are a lot of competitive people.”
AN: “It was a little intimidating at first. I remember my first day I felt so embarrassed because I definitely ran too hard for myself. And I remember I would walk back and think that it was terrible but I worked my way into it and I think it helped that I started to make friends on the team. I obviously knew Jenna, but then my friend Austin from high school joined and his roommate, Zach. I started making friends with Melanie and Jackie and as I started getting some friends, I think that helped. And then as far as guys who would run my speed, like Charlie and Nick when I was going out for long runs with them, it helped to run with them. So I think at first it was a little intimidating because I didn’t know who to run with and you don’t want to be the slowest guy ever, But as you start running with a couple of guys it gets better and works out that way.”
RC: “What’s your favorite thing about running club? Having other people to run with?”
AN: “Yeah, I would say that having to run my whole life by myself, it is a lot of fun getting to run with a group of people. And I like the structure and the challenge of it as well, especially in the fall. You’re trying to get better and you have the routes planned out for you so you try to plan out that you want to be able to run eight or ten by this week or something like that. So that was really cool.”