IamA Pro. Runner Trying to Break a World Record to Raise Money for Developing Communities! AMA!
My name is Tyler Andrews; I'm an American professional runner currently living and training abroad in Quito, Ecuador and sponsored by STRIVE Trips, an organization which arranges international service trips for student athletes to Peru and Kenya and for whom I've worked for the past 3 summers organizing programs in South America.
On March 1st, I'll be trying to break the World Record for a Half Marathon run on a treadmill. With this run, I am hoping to raise awareness and funds for some of the charitable projects currently being undertaken by STRIVE - including scholarships to bring disadvantaged student-athletes on STRIVE programs and the development of a community center in rural Peru. You can read more about these projects and support us online here!
I recently had a profile published in Runner's World where you can read a bit more about my background and the work I do with STRIVE. For all the running geeks out there, I have run 1h02 for 20km (1h05 for half marathon) and 29 minutes for 10km despite being a relative newcomer to the sport (only running 18'xx for 5k in HS and mid-pack in college). I was invited to debut in the invitational field at the Boston Marathon this April where I hope to finish in the top 15. I also keep a blog where I post all of training publicly.
So, ask me anything! I'm happy to answer questions about running/training, STRIVE and the projects we're working on, living abroad, horse/ducks, whatever you want! I did an AMA a few weeks ago through r/running which was really fun, so I'm happy to be back!
And here's proof it's me!
I'm off to do my morning run but I'll be back to start answering questions around 11am EST!
EDIT: 12:45pm EST - I've gotta take a break for a bit. I will be back to answer as many more questions as I can later this afternoon/early evening!
EDIT: 6:15pm EST - I'm back! I'll try to answer as many questions as I can over the next couple hours!
EDIT: 8:30pm EST - That's all I've got. I've got an early flight tomorrow to come back to the States, so it's about time I started packing... In the mean time, please check out STRIVE Trips - Service Travel for Student Athletes and support our projects through my run. If you have any questions that didn't get answered, feel free to visit my blog where you can comment and I'll get back to you!
Happy trails, Reddit!