inspirational and positive stories Segment
By Brandon Miles
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Interview with Ahmed Bile MileStat.com: How has life been for you since winning the state title on Saturday?
Ahmed Bile: Life has been really good. The whole Northern Region was very supportive and happy for me after the race as well as my family and friends. (Photo right by Mike Fewell)
MileStat.com: What was your race plan going into the state meet?
Bile: My race plan going into the state meet was just to stay up there with the leaders and hold on as long as I could before making a move in the final straight away
MileStat.com:Silas Frantz had broken away from the pack before the 2 mile mark and shortly after the 2 mile...you started to break away from the chase pack. What were you thinking at that point of the race when you decided to make a break to go chase after Silas?
Bile: The pack I was in before the two mile mark was starting to slow down so I decided to just go after Silas on my own. I knew that Silas would’ve had the race in the bag if no one challenged him so I just went for it. I felt good so I was confident I could break out of the pack I was in.
MileStat.com: When you guys entered the gate for the final 600 meters or so finish, Silas had a lead of about 25 meters or so on you, which did not seem to change until the final 100 meters. Did you think that was a good enough striking distance to hold then for final kick or were you trying to close that gap more?
Bile: I was trying to close the gap more the best I could, but he just had so much distance on me. In the last 100 meters, something just clicked and I was confident in my kick, so I feel I made my move at the right time.
MileStat.com: What was your injury exactly earlier in the season and when did you realize you were hurt?
Bile: I had a bad sprain on the top of my right foot. It happened during a duel meet against Thomas Jefferson and it was uncomfortable to walk after that race, but I continued to train through it. After Monroe Parker I sat down to take my shoes off and when I got back up I literally couldn’t walk on it so my coach knew it was time for me to take some time off.
MileStat.com: What did you do during the time that you were hurt to stay in shape?
Bile: I rode the bike in the training room for about a week but stopped so I could completely rest. So for about a month or so I was just working on the bands for my foot and icing.
MileStat.com:How is the relationship between you and your father in regards to your running since obviously he has lots of great running genes, knowledge, and accomplishments being a world champion 1500 meter run?
Bile: My dad and I are really close and when I started running he just told me to have fun and not overwork myself. He has given me a lot of tips about warming up, stretching, cooling down properly, etc. and he also taught me the importance of speed because that is what every event boils down to in the end.
MileStat.com:What advice did your father give you before the state meet race and what was his reaction following your win?
Bile: My dad just told me to go out there and run a smart race. He also told me to be patient and to find a good rhythm so I could feel as comfortable as possible during the race. After the race I called him, because he’s currently out of the country, to tell him the news and he was extremely excited and congratulated me on my achievement.
MileStat.com: How did your family end up in Virginia and you attending Annandale High School?
Bile: Well at first we lived in Virginia when I was just a few years old, and then we later moved to Georgia because my father was coaching some athletes down there and then we moved back up here when I was in second grade and have been here ever since. My father ran for George Mason so he knew a lot of people up here and we also have a lot of family in the area.
MileStat.com: You probably have enjoyed a lot more comfortable life in the states growing up than your father did during his childhood in Somalia. A lot of people believe the harder lifestyle of the East Africans is what also makes them great and dougher runners. What do you see as the maybe the drawbacks as well as advantages of trying to become a great ru~ner in the states instead of say an East African country?