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10 Questions with Jesse Funk
(A cross country and track and field runner for William Jewell College)

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I started running competitively when I was in 8th grade, so when I was 13.

2. Why did you start running?
I began running Cross Country because I had played soccer when I was younger. Typically I played mid-field and enjoyed running up and down the field, not to mention I didn't seem to tire as quickly doing this as some of the other players.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
A typical week for this particular season is going to be between 55-65 miles of running.

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
I don't know that I have a favorite brand of running shoes overall, but I have been wearing Asics GT-2100 series shoes for around 5 years now.

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
Actually I don't listen to music when I run. I feel that music detracts from my ability to absorb and enjoy a run for all that it contains: sights, sounds, and the feeling of pure motion.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
My favorite local place to run is the country roads outside of Liberty, but nationwide I really enjoyed running in the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
The farthest distance I've ever run is 13 miles consecutively, not for a race, just a Sunday long run.

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
A better question I think would be who hasn't had running related injuries? It's a part of the sport it seems, but most of my injuries, quad, calf, plantar fasciitis, have all been minor enough I didn't have stop running because of them.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
I don't know that I have a single most memorable run, but one of my favorite running memories was during my senior year of high school. As typical high school track meets go, it was running behind. I usually waited around all day to run the 2-mile, the second to last event. At this point it was 10:30PM and the coaches decided it would be best if they took the team home before the meet ended, but I really wanted to run since I had been waiting around since 3 in the afternoon to race. My parents were there, so the distance Coach, Coach Brown, decided he would stay with me and my parents so I could run the 2-mile. It ended up starting at around 11:55PM and I went on to finish 3rd, setting my high school PR. My Coach told me I would never forget the time I got to run the 2-mile at midnight and I think I ended up making it a fairly memorable event.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
My best advice for new runners is to run because you love running. Try to experience the thrill of pushing yourself to new heights and at other times just sitting back easy and soaking up the sun.

*Follow Jesse Funk's triathlon blog by going to www.jessefunk.com

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