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Why I Run: Alysia Montaño

Professional runner Alysia Montaño is one of the fastest women in the world. Find out what keeps her moving!


Professional runner Alysia Montaño is one of the fastest women in the world. The 800-meter champion slowed down for just a moment to tell us what keeps her moving!

“I run because I like to push myself—and my body—to the limit. I love the idea of setting goals and climbing the ladder to achieve them. Once I reach a goal, I feel like I am on the top of the world.”

“My favorite running shoes are the Nike LunarGlides. They provide the perfect support and comfort for my feet.”

“In my gym bag, I always have a spare flower for my hair. It’s my signature and you will never catch me without one. It’s important for people to realize you can be strong and feminine.”

“My motto changes daily—but lately it’s been: ‘Shut up and run!’”

“I like to eat an egg sandwich a few hours before a race. It’s light and yummy and easy on my tummy. Then I drink a Red Bull 30 minutes prior for an extra kick.”

“I love running along the Berkeley Marina. The beach reminds me of my hometown Santa Clarita, yet I can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, signifying my current home in San Francisco. It helps me remember where I came from, where I am now and where I want to be.”