Josh Cox, the 50k American Record Holder (31 miles), is a 4-time US Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier and 3-time US National Team member. In 2009 and 2011 his 50k was the fastest in the world, the latter effort was the second fastest in history, and missed the world record by a scant 7 seconds. Cox starred on ABC’s Bachelorette show and currently offers his professional perspective for NBC Universal’s marathon broadcasts. You can get tips, giveaways and be inspired by following him on Twitter and Facebook
Josh Cox is one fast, cool runner. I remember the first time I met him. He came to visit the TV studios before the Chicago Marathon. We talked about his high altitude training in Mammoth Lakes, CA and how he would take "natural ice baths" in the freezing cold waters of local creeks after runs. Josh is easy to talk to about running and he's a curious guy who was interested in the weather. I thought I'd give him a challenge in front of the green screen - but then again, is there anything a quick guy like him can't do?! (See photo at the end of this artile of Josh in front of the weather wall!) As you might imagine, he was a natural and has gone on to have some assignments of his own calling races on TV Broadcasts! Since then, I've seen Josh race, met his beautiful family and shared time with him at the expo talking to other runners about race preparation. His life on the run is motivational to me in more ways than one! For this year's TEAMABC7 blog Josh took time to answer some of my questions about his current career and shared insight on how he was "Raised to Run."
AMY FREEZE: Why do you run?
JOSH COX: My first response is to maximize the gifts entrusted to me, to discover what I can get out of the machine, to push limits. But in reality, running is so much more than that... it’s my outlet, my alone time, my thinking time, my praying time, my creative time, my time away from the calls, social networks and the busyness of life. Running has always served as my daily reset button – my therapist. It’s an easy thing to take for granted but dealing with an injury this year has brought it all back to why I first fell in love with running in high school… I love it for the act itself.