Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Sport(s)/Activity: Trail Running/Ultra-Running, Skiing
Affiliations/Groups: JackRabbit Running
Social Media Handles: @Mattromo16
1. Why did I first choose my sport?
I first got into running my freshmen year in college when I decided to run my first marathon. I grew up playing mainly soccer so the decision to take on a marathon was more just to do something hard and motivating. Ever since I crossed that finish line however, I haven’t looked back since. I ran my first trail marathon a few months later in Salida, CO and knew this was a sport I really wanted to pursue.
2. Why do I continue to play my sport?
I continue to run Ultra’s because doing these difficult races honestly gives me the confidence to take on other challenges endeavors aside from sports. Growing up, I was more on the quiet side and lacked a good bit of confidence. Running has changed that for me completely and it continues to not only humble me, but it keeps me hungry for the next challenge. I also just love running in the mountains all by my self with no music, just thinking for hours and enjoying the views. You can’t beat the simplicity of just throwing on your shoes and going for a run.
3. If I could achieve anything I wished for in my sport, what would it be?
To place top 10 in the Moab 240 Ultra Race.
4. What are the physical things I do really well in my sport?
I think the fact that I enjoy putting in so many miles during the week gives me that extra edge during races. I’m fortunate to be able to push my body pretty hard and not have to go through constant injuries.
5. What are the mental things I do really well in my sport?
Training the majority of the time without headphones forces me to get comfortable in my head for long periods of time and I know it really helps me during those long races. A big thing is staying positive and motivated during these long races and I feel like I do that really well just because of my personality. Finding some humor in the pain is key.
6. How physically fit/strong do I need to be for my sport?
Depending on the race, a 100 miler definitely requires some physical training. I try to put in at least 100 miles a week with long runs on the weekend but finishing these races injury free is going to require a bit of training.
7.What skills and attributes do the best athletes have in my sport?
Grit, patience, being highly motivated, appreciation for the outdoors.
8. What do I need to do to make sure I’m physically prepared for my sport?
Find a good training schedule if you can’t make it yourself. I actually started a website providing training schedules for ultra runners. The big thing is long runs on the weekend for me and maintaining decent mileage during the week. Also make training situational. If it is a trail race, get out on trail a couple times a week because running on pavement alone just doesn’t seem to cut it.
9. How many hours of sleep do I need each night?
I don’t typically keep track of my sleep as much as maybe I should. I usually get on average 6-8 hours of sleep but that is just my personal situation, everyone is different.
10. How do I make sure I get a sound night’s sleep?
Work yourself hard enough that when you hit the pillow, you’re out.
11. How do I know if my recovery is working?
That’s a tough one because I sometimes don’t even know if my own recovery is working. With all the running I do, I definitely have my fair share of issues, particularly with my feet, and so it’s just best to see a professional regarding recovery matters. I have become very close with my podiatrist because he always gives me tips and suggestions on recovery and post run remedies to help against any sort of injuries.
12. What about sport brings me the most joy?
Competition and simply put, doing hard things. There’s nothing more rewarding than crossing the finish line after a long mental and physical battle with yourself. When I constantly do things that make me uncomfortable, I feel so much more alive.
13. How important is achieving my sporting goals to me?
Very important and I am determined to make it happen. This is just the beginning of a long series of physical pursuits I want to take on.
14. Where does confidence come from?
It comes from doing things that scare you, regardless of what that might be. Action Cures Fear. And most importantly, it has to come from within. “To think Confidently, Act Confidently”.
15. What am I going to change tomorrow to make me better than I was today?
Plan out the next day the night before and get things done. Making and keeping promises to myself every day.