Nicholas Arciniaga lives the life of a professional athlete, and there is no doubt that it is paying off. Find out who has made it possible for him to live the dream and what will keep him gunning for the finish line when the going gets tough. Arciniaga was ranked 10th by Runners World with 15-1 odds to grab a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. I think we could make a lot of money betting with those odds.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Nicholas Arciniaga: Typically I wake up between 6:30 to 7:30, sometimes I like to hit the snooze for a bit. Then I get out for my morning run with the team by about 8:30, get anywhere from 10-24 miles in the morning depending on what the workout calls for that day. Then it’s Breakfast, stretching, shower, maybe a nap, maybe a massage, and Lunch. Then I head out for my 2nd run around 4, run between 4.5-6 miles, again depending on what the workout calls for. Then back home, snack, stretching, maybe some core work, shower, and get ready for dinner and a movie, then in bed by about 10pm.
RA: I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored by Adidas for the past two years, so I have not had to hold down a part-time job to make ends meet since I moved to Flagstaff in 2010. I am also have some local sponsorships around Flagstaff, that help make life easier for me, Team USA Arizona provides massage and healthy insurance funding, many local restaurants such as Diablo Burger, Pizzicletta, and BigFoot BBQ have provided special deals for my teammates and myself.
RF: When the going gets tough on the 14th what will keep you gunning for the finish line?
RA: On race day, if things start to look bleak or I start hurting more than I imagine I would hurt, I will honestly just keep going. Stubbornness will keep me from dropping out. My mathematical brain will start to calculate how much further I have until the finish and how many steps each leg will have to take until I can stop. My experience with marathoning will remind me that the quickest way to the finish is to run as hard as you can, and that I does not actually hurt as bad as I think it hurts at that moment.
And if things are going well, then the going probably wont get tough until the last 3 miles, at which point it just putting one foot in front of the other.
RF: What will you eat the night before?
RA: I’ve done a variety of foods before marathons and other races. One staple that seems to work every time is seafood pasta with marinara sauce.
RF: Race day shoes?
RA: Adidas Adizero Adios. The Fastest Marathon Shoes Ever Made