Ryan Vail is one of the best distance runners in the US, and is a very serious contender for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Team.
Ryan has an impressive resume to date, including being a multiple time NCAA All-American, leading his college cross country team to a national championship, running for the USA at several world cross country championships, and much more. As a marathoner, his times continue to improve year after year, and his goal is to continue running at a very high level for many years to come.
We had a great conversation and spent time talking about winning team silver at the world XC games, the importance of patience in reaching goals, how to avoid being a flash in the pan as an elite runner, and a whole lot more.
Here are some of the highlights of our chat:
- Why the grass is always greener for Ryan, depending on the time of the year
- His experiences competing at the World Cross Country Championships
- The importance of consistent training in order to continually improve
- Deciding to train independently from a “team” as a professional
- A desire to run Boston one of these days
- How he spends his off time and tries to get away from running
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