I was able to ask Cas Loxsom (isn’t his name the best) a few questions about what he thought about running, thanks to Brooks Running! He currently holds the American record for the 600m, which he killed with a time of 1:15.33. The speedster (I think most people call him “Fast Cas” … has a nice ring to it!) actually specializes in the 800m, where his personal record is a 1:45.28. Amazing!
1. When did you start running? How did you know it was the sport for you?
You know, my answer has always been that my freshman year of high school I got scouted at the soccer fields and talked into trying indoor track. But my whole life I’ve always enjoyed running around, my dad always tells the story about the day he realized he couldn’t catch me anymore running around the beaches near our house. I haven’t been a track and field athlete too long, but I suppose that spark has always been there.
2. What has been your favorite moment in your running career? What are you looking forward to?
The travel might be my favorite part. Obviously the racing takes precedence, and our focus is to compete, but in terms of the perks of the job, getting the opportunity to see the world is pretty special. I’m looking forward to continuing to compete and explore!
3. If you could run any race in the world, what would it be? Why?
I’d say the universal answer will generally be the Olympic Games. Having the opportunity to compete for your country is just the best feeling in the world. But if we’re talking any race besides that, I’m pretty keen on getting to Monaco at some point in my career to compete in that Diamond League competition.
4. Nutrition always seems to be a challenge for runners… what are some of your favorite snacks?
My favorite snack? Or my favorite healthy snack? I have an extremely dangerous affinity for Cool Ranch Doritos, but everyone has their vices. I do try to eat healthy though. I love pita chips and hummus for a light snack and tons of berries.
5. What advice do you have for someone starting out to run?
Have fun! It’s hard to keep yourself to stay motivated if you’re not enjoying it. Set little stepping stone goals and get yourself into good habits. It gets easier, I promise!
Thanks, Cas! Stay speedy. 🙂 [P.S. you can follow Cas on Twitter HERE]
If you could run any race in the world, what would it be? If you could ask an elite any question, what would it be?
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