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10 Questions with Phillip King
(A distance runner from Missouri University)

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I started running when I was very young.. around 3rd or 4th grade. I would go out running on the MKT trail with my mom.

2. Why did you start running?
I didn't enjoy it at first, but my mom gave me encouragement and I ultimately learned to enjoy it - and got addicted! I enjoyed the competition a lot, but also the ability to go out and spend an hour or so alone - just me and the trails!

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
Usually between 80 and 100 miles per week.

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
Nike. They need to bring back the Skylons (a discontinued shoe now) but I've transitioned to running in the Nike lunar glides.

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
I run ipod-free - music players distract my focus. I might listen to the occasional song that gets stuck in my head - usually what I last heard on the radio.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
The Bear Creek Loop. It runs from the Oakland park area out to the back of Cosmo park. Good trails.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
19 miles - anything farther than that is useless for the college distance runner.

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
I've had 2 stress fractures. 1 in high school, in my tibia. I have one right now in my femur.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
I have 2: One was running 14:17 in the 5K at Eugene, Oregon on Hayward field - the running capital of the United States. The other was placing 3rd at State during my Senior Year.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
Stick with it! Don't be afraid to put in lots of work and lots of miles - they will eventually produce results! Also, find a good group of friends to train with - it's a lot easier to push through the runs with a couple close friends to support you!

To read more about Phillip click on this link to go to his Bio page on the Missouri University website

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