Andrew Wheating was a 2008 and 2012 Olympian. His PBs included an 800m of 1:44.62, a 1,500m at 3:30.90 and a mile at 3:51.74. The Duck won 800m in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Andrew also won the 1,500m, becoming first man in NCAA Div 1 to win the 800m/1500m double since 1984 and fellow Duck Joaquim Cruz (who won the 1984 Olympic gold at 800m).
I have always enjoyed Andrew. His impish sense of humor and his whimsical approach to social media also made me laugh. I loved his racing style and his love of competition.
We thank Andrew on his response to Jeff Benjamin on how to train in this challenging time.
Awaiting The Baton In The Relay Exchange Zone – Profiles Of Athletes, Coaches & Legends During The War Against Corona
Profile # 43
USA Champion, World Championship & 2-Time Olympic 800/1500 NIKE Legend Andrew Wheating!
By Jeff Benjamin
How is your daily training routine doing and how challenging has it been for you in this environment?
“Before the quarantine I would go for a run or to a gym to lift almost everyday. Now, my daily routine has been refined. I try to get out for a run every other day, if I don’t run I do a 40-60min interval workout with resistance bands and a med-ball in my apartment. A daily workout can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be and doesn’t have to have bands or a med-ball. Set a timer, I use the app called Interval Timer. It allows you to set segmented times (example: 40″ on/10″ off) while also adjusting the number of sets and recovery in-between sets. I then work from the top down and decide what I want to work, usually picking 8-10 activities that work one of the following: arms, back, chest, core, glutes, quads, hamstrings, calfs. In the end, it tends to be 10 activities, 40 seconds doing each activity, 10 seconds of recovery in between, and I repeat it 3-4 times. Boom – Work out done.”
What advice can you give to runners, -especially youth, high school, collegiate- who are challenged during this time as well.
“Put on a pair of half tights, running shorts, singlet, whatever article clothing you would wear to workout in. For me, it’s half tights, putting on a pair of half tights sends the message to my body that I’m about to do something active. All it takes it making one small step in the right direction, it’s simple, but it has a huge effect.”
To learn more about Andrew Wheating, please read this: https://www.runblogrun.com/2018/02/on-the-retirement-of-andrew-wheating.html