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10 Questions with Emily Beaver
(A sophomore cross country and track and field runner at Missouri State University)

Emily Beaver won three-straight Missouri Class 1A state cross country championships. She is one of only three high school runners in state history to win three state cross country titles. As a freshman last year at MSU she posted personal bests of 17:12 for 5,000-meters and 36:12 for 10,000-meters.

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I started running track and field in the seventh grade. I started running cross-country my freshman year of high school.

2. Why did you start running?
My older brother, who started running in fifth grade, begged me for weeks to come to practice with him, so I finally gave in and went out for the team. At first I was nervous and unsure if this was really a good idea, but after my first track meet, I was hooked.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
I run around 60 miles a week, sometimes a little more, depending on the type of workouts I have that week.

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
I sometimes listen to music when Iím running by myself, but not often. I like to listen to all kinds of music; it doesnít really matter what it is. Anything from Celtic to Heavy Metal works for me.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
I like to run on trails, especially through forests. Not only does it provide good shade on a hot day, but it also is beautiful scenery through which to run.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
Iím not really sure of the exact measurement, but I would guess around 14 miles.

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
I havenít had any major injuries so far. I had a slight problem with my IT band which caused some pain in my knee my freshman year of high school and my freshman year of college, but neither time was bad enough to stop me from competing. I have been very lucky with injuries so far.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
My junior year of high school, my brother and I both won Class 1 State Cross-Country. The victory itself was very rewarding, but winning the same year as my brother made it double the fun.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
Running requires a lot of hard work and effort, but it can also be fun. Donít lose sight of the joy of running through those long grueling practices. Keep running, keep smiling, and you will be amazed at the fun times you will have.

To read more about Emily click on this link to go to her Bio page on the Missouri State University website

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