Recently, I had the chance to chat with Olympic Gold Medalist Speed Skater Apolo Ohno and his trainer, Todd Rushworth at a SUBWAY in the River North area of Chicago!
SUBWAY Famous Fan Apolo Ohno took on a challenge from Jared (The SUBWAY Guy) to mix up his training routine and set a special goal this year—running the ING New York City Marathon. As part of his training, Apolo was in Chicago to run the Half Marathon on September 11th.
This was a perfect event for me as I am a runner and a foodie. I actually got my start cooking as I watched the Food Network day, after day, training for my first half marathon running on the treadmill. I joined around 10 other bloggers and writers at the event where I sat no more than five feet from Apolo and his trainer Todd! We all had a chance to ask Apolo and Todd any questions we might have about his involvement with SUBWAY and his training program. I also had a chance to learn both Apolo and Todd’s favorite SUBWAY sandwiches.
Apolo likes: double turkey, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, peppers, spinach, oil & vinegar on honey oat bread.
Todd likes: turkey, avocado, lettuce, pepper, sweet peppers, olives, tomato, green peppers, oil & vinegar on regular bread.
SUBWAY provided Todd and Apolo’s sandwiches for us to try as well as their new oven crisp chicken. I’m really a huge fan of their oven crisp chicken and have had it several times now. I really enjoy it with their honey-mustard sauce and pepper-jack cheese! I hope it sticks around for a while, as I think it’s a really great addition to their menu. They were even kind enough to gift me with a $25 SUBWAY gift card that I can use to continue to get my oven crisp chicken fix!
It was really cool to learn more about Apolo’s marathon training program and half marathon training, as I just finished my third half this year at Chicago’s Rock ‘N Roll half marathon and dropped nine minutes from my previous time! Because Apolo was so used to training in one direction, Todd really had to work to help Apolo to re-balance his whole body and learn a whole different sport. It got me thinking about how people can be athletic in different ways. I may be able to run or swim forever and have great endurance, but stick me in a hip-hop dance class and I may fall on my butt.
We also had a chance to discuss Apolo’s experience on Dancing with the Stars. He offered some really cool insight into why athletes tend to do better in general as opposed to other celebrities…it’s because they are so used to being coached. Their experience with a strict training schedule and regime helps them to adapt in any athletic situation, no matter the sport. Which probably explains that Apolo ran his first half a lot faster than my third!
After our question and answer session Apolo signed some autographs and I even got to take a few close up pictures of him and me together. My favorite part of meeting Apolo was learning that he is so down to earth and a really fun-loving guy. He has such a positive energy about him and I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and Todd!