Ryan Vail Finds Success By Keeping the End Goal in Mind


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 Vail

Ryan Vail

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

If you’d like to connect with Ryan, make sure you check out his website, connect with him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.


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