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Erik Stanley lives in Austin,TX as a professional trail runner, coach, and was an All-American for the University of Texas.
"I am a friendly and loving dude that wants to battle on the trail, ready to win, but also is genuinely concerned for the success and well being of all the other competitors out there. I love helping others find their home on the trail."
What does your standard training week involve?
80-100+ miles, 2-3 core/strength sessions, 1 yoga class, 1 tempo run, 1 track workout
Where is your favorite place to train?
Any mountainous wooded trail. Sangre De Cristo mt range, Collegiate Peaks range in Colorado.
What is your favorite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
Elite compression shorts - keep the legs feeling fresh.
What is your favorite training accessory?
2XU compression socks with new colors! 2XU Hat to keep the hot Texas sun off me.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
Dealing with anxiety and negative thinking. I had an experience in 2009 from which I have experienced anxiety and panic attacks. I began having catastrophic thoughts that took over my focus and made it a challenge to function and compete at the same level. I worked with a counselor and continue to work with her to help me face the fearful thoughts and counter the irrational ones. I learned that I tend to hold myself to a higher standard in running and in life than realistic and I need to let go of trying to control things that are out of my hands.
What is the most common training mistake you see? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
Getting into a solid training cycle and because you feel so good you continue to push past what you should. This has led to burnout and injury. Ways to avoid it, are to plan your training cycles with a reasonable increase as well leaving room for adjustment. Don’t over train because you feel good at that moment. Your body takes time to react to training.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
Continuing to recognize my drive and love to compete with others and push myself.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
I typically keep it consistent with every other week. The day of a race I will eat oatmeal for breakfast. I have been experimenting with different nutritional products like UCAN and Accelerade.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
I work full time at Rogue Running in Austin,Texas. I work in retail part time and as a trail coach the rest of the time. I also do personal training/coaching. I spend spare time working in the yard and tending to my chickens and garden.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful?
EPIC bars! The best recovery bar. Made with bison cranberry and walnut.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
The most rewarding things about being a professional athlete are having the opportunity to affect other’s lives and encourage others to push themselves to levels they may have never thought possible. The most challenging things of being a professional athlete as well as any athlete are dealing with the pressures you may put on yourself. It can be easy to over stress about your goals and competitions.
In five years time, I will be:
I plan to be more experienced in ultra trail racing. Have run a handful of 100 mi and adventure races. Coaching trail and high school programs and at Rogue Running, or teaching and coaching high school XC.