3:39 1500 meters
13:27 5,000 meters
27:57 10,000 meters
2011 - 7th, 10,000 meters, USA Track and Fied Championships
2011- 2nd, USATF 8k Championships
2011- 2nd, USATF Road Mile Championships
2011- 2nd, Mile, USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
2011- 3rd, 3,000 meters, USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
2010 US Club Cross Country Champion
Aaron Braun currently lives and trains in Flagstaff, Ariz. as a member of the McMillan Elite team and is sponsored by Adidas. One of America's up-and-coming young talents Braun was a 16-time All American at Division II Adams State University and six times won National Titles. Big River caught up with Aaron in mid-January to ask him about life and training as he prepares for the USA Cross Country Championships.
BR: Aaron, we know you and your wife Annika recently had a baby. How is Makenzie doing and how is fatherhood treating you so far?
AB: Makenzie has been an awesome baby for Annika and I. I was super excited to find out Annika was pregnant, as it has always been a dream of mine to start my own family and be the best husband and dad possible. I was a bit concerned for what having a baby around would do to my running schedule, but it hasn't had much of a negative impact thus far. Annika does "the night shift" so I can get good rest while training hard; but the last couple weeks Makenzie has been sleeping through the night which makes life a lot easier on Annika and I. Fatherhood has been amazing, I am starting to feel more of a connection with her every day, and every day she seems to get smarter and cuter!
BR: You've won the US Club Cross Country Championships but you've yet to win a USA Cross Country Title, a USA Track Title or a USA Road Title despite a lot of runner-ups and top five finishes. What would it mean to finally win your first National Title here in February and is that the goal?
BR: Your coach, Greg McMilllan, describes you as one of the toughest racers he's ever seen and you are gaining a reputation as one of the most consistent distance runners in the country. What do you think it is about how you approach things that allows you to race so well so often?
BR: With the Olympic Track Trials approaching this summer we assume that's your major goal for the year. How do the Cross Country Championships fit in and what are your general racing plans over the next few months to prepare for Eugene?
BR: You ran for a very famous collegiate cross country program at Adams St. and now you run for one of the top post-collegiate groups in the nation; McMillan Elite. Give us your favorite cross country workout from your Alamosa days and your favorite 10k type workout that you do in Flagstaff.