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ExposureU Exclusive Interview: Get to know Isaac Carney

By Exposure University, 12/16/19, 7:00PM CST


Track and Field

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Getting to know Isaac Carney

1. Of all your teammates, past and present, from whom have you learned the most and why?

Of all my teammates, I’ve definitely learned the most from Johnny LaFortune and Jake Martens. Johnny’s attitude towards running is something everyone can learn from. He saw running as a gift instead of seeing it as a requirement or something hard. Jake just works extremely hard and I’ve learned that hard work does pay off. 

2. Do you have any pre-meet rituals?

My pre-meet rituals are to stay relaxed and listen to music up until about 10 minutes before the race. When the race starts to approach, I will take off my headphones, just breathe and focus on my head. I don’t isolate myself, because I prefer to be with my teammates before a race. 

3. Who do you look up to in your sport, and why?

If I had to choose it would be Nick Symmonds from Willamette University. He was doubted going into college and became one of the fastest 800m runners for the United States. 

4. How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? 

Staying motivated can be challenging sometimes. I usually begin to think about how it will pay off in the end and proving the doubters wrong. I also think about how being able to run is a gift that I should not take for granted. 

5. When is your next race, and how are you preparing for it? 

Currently, I am in the offseason, so my next race is in a couple of months. I am preparing by keeping my body active and toned during the offseason. I am not doing too much to increase my muscles because I do not want to peak too early. 

6. What is your favorite event and why?

My favorite event is the 800meter because I think it highlights speed and endurance equally. Also, you generally see a big diversity of runners trying the 800m. I enjoy this event because I have both speed and endurance, and I use that to my advantage.

7. What are some things you do in training that directly contribute to your success?

A few of the things that contribute to success are finding a friend that will push you, staying motivated, having different days of the week dedicated to different types of training, and not straying off the workout. If I can go out to the track and do the workout I intended to do with no mistakes or extra rest, then I believe it is an effective day. There is not one certain thing that I do that makes me faster or stronger. It is really a multitude of things that add up in the end.

8. What is your goal this year? 

I have 2 goals this year: 52 seconds in the 400 and 2 minutes in the 800. If I decide to run the mile once or twice, I want to get under 5. I feel like these goals are reasonable. 

9. What is the greatest piece of advice you've ever received in the sport?

The greatest piece of advice I have ever received is very simple: stay loose. By applying this, I believe everyone will have more fun with their sport and be more motivated to get better. I believe everyone works differently so the advice on how to train and when to train isn’t as effective to me. 

10. Of all the races you’ve participated in, which ones are your favorite and why?

My favorite race was the 4A cross country state championships held at Oklahoma Baptist in late October. We ended up finishing 5th as a team and we all had a great time. During the race, I focused on my strategy and felt extremely loose. Another thing that made it fun were the puddles scattered around the course. I also enjoyed competing in the International Youth Track and Field Championships in Washington DC this summer. I finished 12th in the 800m against the best runners from the United States, Barbados, Antilles, Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, and Jamaica.

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