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An Interview with Lisa Galaviz
Editor's Note (Feb 25, 2007): The results are in! Lisa Galaviz once again came through in the big race and placed 2nd in the women's 3000m at the U.S. Indoor Championships, running 9:10.75. Only Shalane Flanagan, current indoor American Record holder (8:33.25) bested Galaviz, winning in 8:56.74. Full results can be found here. (Kristin Anderson, 2nd at the 2006 U.S. Outdoor Championships in the Steeplechase, placed 7th in 9:19.07.)

          Lisa Galaviz, the 2006 U.S. Steeplechase Champion, will be competing in a stacked field this weekend at the 2007 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Galaviz is ranked 5th in a field that includes Shalane Flanagan, Indoor American Record holder (8:33.25) and Kara Goucher, who has run 8:41.42. Galaviz has run 9:11.81 this season. To see the full entry list, Click Here.
          The AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place on February 24-25, 2007. The women's 3000m is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 24. The meet will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, February 25, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET. For more information on the meet itself, Click Here.
Interview by Ann Gaffigan
Conducted on February 19, 2007
Posted on February 21, 2007

Photo courtesy of Ruben Aguilera
Last year, you ran the USA XC Champs in February. Why did you decide to run more of an indoor season, capped off by the USA Indoor Championships, this year instead?
Since I don't train at altitude and the 4k was eliminated, the idea of racing an 8k at altitude in Boulder did not sound like fun to me. So, I decided to focus on indoors this year.
How has your training been different this year compared to last year at this time?
Last year I raced a couple of half marathons and I was focused on racing longer distances. I've done a few more track workouts and I feel like my speed is sharper than it would have been last year at this time. My weight training routine feels more purposeful and is specifically focused on steeplechasing:)!
How is your weight training routine specific to steeplechasing?
Jeremy Rasmussen, the Assistant Distance Coach at ASU worked with the weight coaches to develop a specific weight routine for the steeplechasers. He was a PAC10 Steeplechase champion in 2000, and PAC10 Steeplechase runner-up in 2001 and 2002. He's in charge of all the drills, stretches, and weights for the steeplechasers at ASU. In one of the exercises, we jump off a high box and land as softly as possible (I think we're going to do them one legged soon to simulate the water jump.) In another exercise, we have a band around our toe and we bring our knee to our chest as if we're kicking to go over a barrier.
What is your goal for the 3K at the Indoor Champs? A time? A place? How do you anticipate the race to unravel?
I definitely have a goal of running a PR, since my PR is from 2002 NCAA Indoor Nats (9:09). Looking at the entrants, I anticipate a very fast race. I don't think these girls are the type to sit back and kick. I would like to focus on getting in there and racing, instead of being consumed with a specific time to run.
Where do you train? Who is your coach, and who are your training partners?
I train in Tempe, Arizona. My coach is Louie Quintana who is also the Arizona State distance coach. I am very fortunate to have a number of different people I can train with. I train with Victoria Jackson (NCAA 10k champion), Amy Hastings (who just ran collegiate record in the 5k), my weight training partner is Anna Masinelli (Pac10 steeple champion), and the rest of the Arizona State team.
What do you do outside of running? Do you have a job? How much do you work?
I work part-time as a Software Engineer. Beginning January 2007, I started working 20 hours a week, down from 30 hours a week. I feel like I've been able to focus so much more on running with that extra 10 hours:)! I'm also in graduate school earning my Masters in Engineering Management at the University of Southern California (I'm taking one class per semester through an online distance education program). I told my husband I was a Trojan and he said, "No you're not. No you're not. Don't say that!" I'll always be a Sun Devil to him:)!
Your blog about oatmeal was hilarious. How important do you think nutrition is to your running?
I think it's somewhat important, but I've never been one to watch what I eat. My philosophy is to eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. The Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte (always Venti) is an integral part of my diet.
Thank you for your time, Lisa! And good luck this weekend!

Galaviz Stat Sheet:
Born:November 30, 1979 (Phoenix, AZ)
Coach:Louie Quintana
Agent:Chris Layne (Total Sports Management)
High School:Centennial High School (AZ), Class of 1998
College:Arizona State University, Class of 2003
3000m Steeple PR:9:40.58 (2005)
1500m PR:4:18.38 (2004)
5000m PR:15:53.28 (2003)
Accolades:2006 U.S. Steeplechase Champion
Ranked #2 in U.S. in 2006 by Track & Field News
2005 U.S. Steeplechase Runner-Up
2005 U.S. World Championships Team Member
6th at 2004 Olympic Trials Steeplechase
4th at 2003 USA Outdoor Championships Steeplechase
3rd at 2002 USA Outdoor Championships Steeplechase
2-Time Pac 10 Steeplechase Champion (2002, 2003)
2-Time NCAA Steeplechase All-American (2002, 2003)

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