Today we welcome professional runner Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beast Team. Garrett was a 9-time All-American at Standford before turning professional. Garrett won the 2014 and 2015 Edinburgh Cross Country short course races before beating Mo Farah in the world championships in 2016. We catch up with Garrett about what his plans are for the future and talk to him about a time he almost took out a rabbit in a race.
How did you get your start in running?
You ran for a great program in high school did that help keep you interested?
There are many successful runners who came out of Minnesota and many of them seemed to spend a lot of time cross country skiing in the winter, did you do much skiing?
You had a great career at Stanford and I’ve heard in your college career your coach had some interesting ways to work on overspeed work?
When did you know that you wanted to try your hand at professional running?
What was it like running in Europe, how was it different?
Sounds like there is a model of how to make track and field a success with the public, why don't you think we do this in the US?
First time you broke 4 minutes in the mile?
You are now running with Danny Mackey and Brooks Beast Team, how did that connection happen?
Early in your career, you focused more on the 1500, then you started with some 5ks but this year you ran a good 10k at the Payton Jordan. Where do you see yourself focusing going forward?
You have had a lot of success running longer distances in cross country, how different is it racing those bad weather cross contry races vs a controlled track race?
If money and everything were the same would you make a living on the track, roads or xc course?
You have mentioned a few times about the mental aspect of of racing, how much time do you spend working on your mental game?
Not sure how much you pay attention to Let’s Run, but One of the posts from January this year asked who is most jacked Chris Solinsky vs. Garrett Heath vs. Ben True. So how much do you lift and work on strength?
One thing a lot of casual observers of our sport may not realize is when you run for a team, it is not like running for a professional football or baseball team with a huge salary. What is that relationship like with your sponsors?
Final Surge round, 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? - Running with the Buffaloes
Current trainers you are wearing? - Brooks Glycerin
Favorite race? – Edinburgh Cross Country
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? – Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Your favorite workout – Long Tempos