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10 Questions with Terry Phillips

1. At what age did you start running competitively?
I didn't start running until my freshman year of high school.

2. Why did you start running?
I wanted to be involved in something going into high school. My lack of hand-eye coordination eliminated the possibility of excelling in anything like volleyball or basketball, so I started running on the cross team.

3. How many miles do you typically run in a week?
After some battling with injuries Coach Hipp and I have found that around 50 miles a week is ideal for me with supplementary cross training on the bike or in the pool.

4. What is your favorite brand of running shoes?
I've been wearing Asics GT series trainers for about 6 years now, so I stick with the tried and true. However, I love my cross spikes which are Brooks.

5. Do you listen to music when you run? If so what do you listen to?
No, I like to listen to nature. It's much better.

6. Where is your favorite place to run?
Trails are my preference. Around Springfield the Nature Center is fun. Around home I like to hit up Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs.

7. What is the farthest distance that you have ran?
I ran 22 miles on a long run once in high school, but it was not my best decision.

8. Have you had any injuries related to running?
Unfortunately, with high levels of training come high risks, and I have had two major injuries in college. I'm still rebounding from a calcaneal stress fracture from the end of indoor track.

9. What has been your most memorable running experience?
There have been many but one that sticks out in my mind is running the steeplechase at Drake Relays in 2009. It was raining and cold, but I made the most of the conditions and ended up running my best time there.

10. What advice would you give to beginning runners?
Be consistent. Running is an endurance sport; much improvement can be made by just sticking to it and building endurance. There will be days when you would rather do anything besides run, but by running consistently you might surprise yourself at how fit you become.

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

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