What is your motivation?
“I’m a little different. One of the things that just drives me is anyone who gets going—running the beach, working out, being at the gym—at 7 or 7:30 in the morning on the East Coast. It makes me feel like they have a start-up on me. So I started these 4–4:30 a.m. workouts where I would hit the beach. You can’t really see much out there, but it starts to almost rejuvenate and refresh me. And I started getting off on seeing my footprints be the first to hit the sand. It was probably me and this older Navy guy who would be out there between 4:30 and 5 o’clock in the morning. The philosophy is to let my footprints be the first footprints to hit the sand that morning. That’s important for me, just because I know no one, on the West Coast at least, is up. But more importantly, I was more competitive with the person that was getting up at 7 o’clock on the East Coast. So that’s where that comes from.”

Who are your biggest supporters and what does their support mean to you?
“Support is security. I have the loyalty of family and my teammates, and that gives me stability. Without a support system you can’t really be conscious. So many things end up having to have a support system.”

What is your personal mantra?
“I would always say that you could probably have more talent than me. Some people could be stronger than me, or run faster than me, and some are younger than me—but I’ll never be outworked. And that’s sort of my motto in life. Effort and how much of a work ethic you have says a lot about who you are.”

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