Monday, June 22, 2015


“Make every year better than the one before.” 
~ Nick Symmonds

Well, I just got back from a whirlwind 4 day vacation with my husband and my brain is fried.  Rather than attempt to cobble together a post that may or may not make sense, I am more than happy to let someone else take the stage.  In my opinion, this guy is pretty incredible, so I definitely want to give him front and center.  Today I'm super pumped to introduce you to professional track athlete and two time US Olympian, Nick Symmonds.  As many of you may know, Nick is a crazy fast middle distance runner with a list of accomplishments that's longer than my marathon playlist (331 songs or 20 hrs 56 minutes of music).  He's currently ranked first in the USA and 6th in the world in the 800m and he's the third fastest American ever to run this distance.  Fun fact, Nick is quicker than 99.9% of the population.  His personal bests are mind-blowing (see below) and yet he still has is eye on the prize...or I'm sure there are many more to come.

Nick's Personal Records
400m: 47.45
800m: 1:42.95
1500m: 3:36.06
Mile: 3:56.7

Nick also happens to be a biochemist (no joke) and recently started the company Run Gum.  Run Gum is a performance enhancing energy gum created with the elite athlete in mind but safe and effective for anyone who is on the go and needs a boost.  I, myself, have a hard time digesting more than one GU-like product during a marathon and recently made the switch to Run Gum as an alternative for the latter part of my race.  For me, it's been a game changer.  Thanks for that, Nick.  From a music standpoint, Nick's taste is all over the map; his favorites ranging from 2Chainz to the Doobie Brothers.  How he finds the time to own and run a business AND be one of the fastest people in the world is beyond me.  Lucky for us, he somehow managed to find time to answer these questions.  So, let's meet Nick, a RUNNERWHOROCKS.


Name: Nick Symmonds
Where you're from: Boise, Idaho
Where you reside now: Seattle, Washington
Age: 31
Occupation: Professional Athlete, Business Owner

What do you love most about running? Guilty free eating.
What do you love most about music? It makes a good experience even better.

Band (current, all time or both): Doobie Brothers
Album (current, all time or both): Get Rich or Die Trying, 50Cent
Race venue: Hayward Field
Music venue: Red Rocks
Race distance: 800 meters
Show you've seen live: Santana
Ice cream flavor: Vanilla Malt

Sweet or salty? Salty
Live or recorded? Recorded
Coffee or tea? Run Gum
Summer or winter? Summer

2 Chainz
Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? 2 Chainz

Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? The Beatles

Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? Jay-Z (I want Beyonce there, too)

Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? 50Cent

LAST ONE: (complete the sentence)
Today, I feel like…I need some Run Gum!

Top 5 Songs for running, dancing or both?
I only run to 2Chainz.

Last 5 Songs you listened to today?
Had 2Chainz playing all morning.

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