Student Blog 2013

Articles written by our campers. Enjoy!

GOSHEN, Ind– Today an interview was conducted with marathon runner Justin Gillette. This was a part of the Write on Sports summer camp held at Goshen college. Gillette shared about how his family has supported him throughout his carer as a runner.

February 14th 1996 was a very important day for Gillette, it was the first day he started running.That day his grandmother has passed away.

“I needed to clear my head,” Gillette said.

He ran one mile to the local general store where he bought a donut and then walked home. Afterwards Gillette continued to run and it eventually became his carer.

According to Gillette his mother was one of his greatest inspirations for running as well. His mother was a single parent raising Gillette and his two siblings. She managed to work hard while still making exercise important, and Gillette grew up learning to love exercise.

One of Gillette’s favorite parts of running marathon was being able to travel with his family. Gillette is excited for January 14th 2014, during this time Gillette and his family will be traveling to the Bahamas for a marathon.

Gillette’s family is very supportive of his carer, especially his wife who is also a marathon runner. Even his two year old son is supportive of his running.

“If I had a bad day my son Miles would say something like, ‘ it’s okay, daddy, you’re faster than Miles,'” Gillette said.

Justin Gillette explained how he stays healthy and trains for marathons during an interview with Elkhart Truth sports journalists Anthony Anderson at the Goshen Write On Sports Camp.

Even for an experienced marathon runner like Gillette, a marathon is extremely hard, but there are a few things Gillette and similar runners do to make the race easier.

Gillette watches his diet very closely and may run up to one hundred and eighty miles a week during the offseason. He also tries to get lots of rest and stretch multiple times a day to prevent pulling or straining a muscle.

For Gillette staying healthy is the main way to stay competitive for example, during the main seasons for marathon running, spring and fall, he may run seventy to eighty miles a week while taking an ice bath every other way.

Gillette was not shy to point out he is 5th in the world and 2nd in the U.S. in marathon wins thus showing his competitive spirit.

Gillette has many goals for the future. He assured us he would someday be number one in the U.S. in marathon wins, and and achieve a personal best marathon time of two hours and twenty two minutes. He would also like to hold the world record for marathon wins.

Goshen, Ind.- Today a professional marathon runner named Justin Gillette came to Write on Sports. In an interview Gillette talked about how he is off season right now but is training very hard.

Gillette said that every week of the off season he runs 135 to 150 miles. But when he’s in season he only runs about 70 miles to prepare for a marathon.

To relax his legs muscles he fills his bathtub with ice. He stays in the tub until the ice melts.

Gillette takes about four Go’s, an energy gel food, before a marathon as well as during a marathon. Gillette also takes Go’s during his training.

So Gillette wont get hurt he stretches a lot before and after running. All of these things have helped him be the best runner he can be.

You may have heard of the famous professional marathon runner Justin Gillette. The 30-year-old man who makes his living running marathons has won 64 marathons out of his 126 completed. You might be wondering how can you make a living running marathons. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to meet him and interview him.

Justin lives an average middle class life. He doesn’t make lots of money but he knows how to use it wisely. “It doesn’t matter how much you make,” said Justin,” it’s how much you spend.”

Justin also gets many sponsors because of all his success. He has running sponsors like Marathon Man, GU and other companies that give him money or products like energy GU and treadmills.

Also Justin plans ahead so that if he will get the money in time to pay bills, because the prize money can take from 4 to 6 months to get to his house.

It may not seem possible that you could make a living running marathons, but Justin Gillette can do it.

Goshen, Ind.- Today Justin Gillette came to Goshen College so he could be interviewed by Write On Sports campers.Gillette spoke about how he has improved as a runner since he began running 17 years ago.

Gillette went on his first run Feb 14, 1996. His grandmother had just passed and he needed a relief. He ran down to Kacy’s general store,bought a donut then walked home.

Gillette continued as a runner and ran his first marathon when he was 16 he told his mother that he was going to visit his grandmother.

Gillette went to Goshen College and he ran a lot. He originally wanted to go to bethel but the coach said that he wasn’t good enough. Gillette then beat all the Bethel runners in competition.

Gillette has now run in over 100 races and has won 64. His best time is a 2:25:24. He wishes to get down to a 2:22 which is the old olympic trial time.

Goshen, IN — Today Justin Gillete came in to the Write On Sports newsroom. He was interviewed by Anthony Anderson, a reporter at the Elkhart Truth. Gillete came off as a competitive athlete.

“I want to be the best,” Gillete said.

Gillete has won 64 races. His fastest marathon time is 2:25:24. Gillete is the 5th fastest marathon runner in the world.

Gillete never slows down in a marathon.

” Do you think Micheal Jordan would play worse in the 4th quarter of the game?” Gillete said.

Gillete’s mom motivates him because she raised 3 children on her own as a single mom. People that doubt him motivate him because he wants to prove them wrong.

“I’m very happy with my win total.”

That’s what Marathon superstar, Justin Gillette told me when I interviewed him. Why does he say that? Well simply because he has an amazing win percentage of a little over 50%! He has 64 marathon wins and has had 62 other place finishes. In total he has run 126 marathons.

An even more amazing fact is that he is 5th in the world for the most marathon wins. He also is 2nd in the USA only behind Chuck Engle.

He told me “That he and Chuck Engle are very competitive because the track I’m on has me passing him by the end of my career.”

I’m not surprised that he will because of how much drive and dedication he has to be on top.

In his first Marathon Gillette finished 20th. It was impressive because he was only 16 years old. Even though he didn’t win it was a impressive because he was only a amateur marathon runner.

From 20th place to 64 wins, the marathon man Justin Gillette.

Justin Gillette ranked No. 2 in the country and No. 5 in the world for most marathon wins.

“A goal of mine is to get a 2:22 pace because that was  the qualifying pace for the Olympic Trials,” said Gillette.

Unfortunately that has changed to a 2:18 pace for qualification but Gillette said, “I still go for a 2:22 pace because just because something changes doesn’t mean you change. You never change your goals.”

It all started on February, 14 ,1996 when he was at his aunt’s house in Wynne, Arkansas. He ran 1 mile from his aunt’s house to the local general store and bought a doughnut. Although that seems strange it was the dawn of an era because that inspired him to start running.

Justin has always been inspired by his mother because she would work all day and then do some exercise. The hardest race Justin ever ran was a marathon in Memphis, Tennessee at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and he saw the children that were terminally ill and that broke his heart. He also had an injury from an incident with a chainsaw.

Justin literally has a miracle baby. Justin was supposed to go to the Boston Marathon but he had to stay to see his baby when she was born. Now he owes his baby his life.

Justin Gillette is a marathon runner. Today we interviewed him here at the Newcomer Center at the Goshen College. So now we know a little bit about him and his career.

Justin originally wanted to go to Bethel College, but his coach said that he wouldn’t and couldn’t excel at Bethel. So Justin came to Goshen College instead.

While going to Goshen, Justin’s skills were acknowledged when he won four races against the Bethel runners He said, “But I still wanted to go to Bethel.”

Justin explained his perspective of the improvement process. He explains how in the beginning of the process your improvement rating increases greatly. But after working for a few years, your improvement rating will start to even out. But he said, “I still improved a lot!”

Today July 9, 2013 10:00 am at the Goshen College Newcomer Center, Write On Sports had the opportunity to interview professional marathon runner Justin Gillette.  Justin Gillette started running February 14, 1996. He’s run 133 marathons. He finished 126, winning 64 first place and has placed others spots 62 times. What about the seven he didn’t finish?

I had the opportunity to talk to Justin about feelings before and after a race. Some of the words he used to describe the feeling were nervous, pumped, and excited. Justin said, “You’re really excited because you don’t know if you will finish or drop out.”

He also talked about how he knew he wasn’t going to finish those seven races. The feeling of I can’t do this set in. IS this what causes runners to drop out? “It’s really tiring and at the end you’re really thirsty.” said Justin.

There are many reasons for racers to drop out. Sometimes they are small like fatigue or thirst.