Episode 415: Erik Sowinski – Former American Record Holder & World Indoor Bronze Medalist; the Long Game in the 800

Erik Sowinski is 3-time USA Champion and a 2016 World Indoor Bronze Medalist in the 800m. He also competed at the 2015 World Championships. Erik ran for the University of Iowa and is an 800m runner. He was previously sponsored by Nike but is now running unsponsored.

Erik is well known for pacing some big races and has paced 2 world records. The first was with Yomif Kejelcha when he broke the world record in the indoor mile. The second time was with Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s indoor 1500m world record.

He is the former American Record holder in the indoor 600m and that is a really fun story that he tells in this episode!

Photo credit: Matt Flynn Parker (@MattFlynnParker)

What we talked about:

5:00- Coming off of the end of his track season

8:40- How he feels about aging in the sport

10:00- Sports teams that he is a fan of

12:15- Ideas to grow the sport of track and field

15:30- What’s next in his career

21:00- What has changed over the years that he has run pro

25:05- Advice to anyone not being recruited either for college or professional running

28:05- Erik’s basketball career

29:00- Erik’s coach

30:40- Running the American record in the 600m

36:20- His experience with pacing races

41:20- What is next for Erik after professional running

44:25- Staying injury free

47:50- Going sub 1:50 200 times in the 800m

54:05- End of podcast questions

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