Colin Kirn

[Most of our Braz Camp interviews are with athletes who have been in the program for many years. For another view, here's Colin Kirk, who was with us for the first time in the summer of 2021.]

GTD: Colin, tell us a little about yourself.
Colin: I'm Colin Kirn, a rising junior at Andover High School. Although I haven't had the longest track career due to Covid, some of my key moments so far have been placing 3rd at All-States with my 4x800 team, and meeting my goal of going under 2 minutes in the 800.

GTD: What was your primary sport before you began to run? Why did you switch?
Colin: My primary sport was soccer, although I did do winter track my freshman year, and I had some running experience in the past. I switched because I enjoyed the track team a lot, and I found a lot more success in track than soccer.

GTD: How much running have you done in high school so far?
Colin: I ran winter track my freshman year, and then ran winter and spring track this past year, so this upcoming season will be my first cross country season.

GTD: Tell us about your decision to train in the Braz Camp xc program this summer.
Colin: While I hesitated a little with the decision because it was a further drive than I was looking for, it was a pretty easy choice because my coach and lots of Andover runners were already signed up, and I'd heard lots of positive things about the program.

GTD: As a runner new to Coach Braz's xc program, what were your expectations before you started? Was it what you thought it would be? Colin: I heard it was going to be hard, which it definitely was, but I was expecting more long runs and endurance tests, but most of it was strength stuff and shorter workouts, which I think was a lot more helpful.

GTD: The 90+ minute sessions have phases, and each day is different, and each week is different, and progressively more challenging. What drills and segments did you really like? Any that were not your favorites? Colin: I enjoyed the days where we would switch between longer jogs and quick workouts the most, and the only thing I didn't really love were the hills.

GTD: How do you keep your focus during the sessions?
Colin: It helps to try and keep up with the rest of the pack, because that makes it a lot easier to pace. During the longer runs it does help to zone out or go into autopilot, though.

GTD: How do you handle nutrition on Brazcamp mornings?
Colin: I usually just have a light breakfast before I leave in the morning to give me a little energy, like a piece of fruit or something like that, and then I have a bigger meal when I get home later in the morning.

GTD: How would you describe the program to a runner who has never done it, but might be interested?
Colin: I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to get in good running shape, and I'd describe it as a great way to build a foundation and get stronger before the season starts in the fall.

At Braz Camp, Colin ran with athletes from 19 towns, including many of his Andover teammates. Back row: Zach Chisholm, Noah Parsons, Jacob Chisholm, Teddy Salamone, Spencer Belson, Cameron Kirn, Colin, Matt Serrano, DJ Walsh. Front row: Kayla DiBenedetto, Mary Lonergan, Georgia Theriault, Jane Longergan, Molly Kiley. Missing: Livy Vives, Ryan Todisco, Camille Storch, Meredith Williamson

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Kate Mitchell, Boston Collge, Aug. 2018
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Anthony Pizzo, AIC, Dec. 2016
Matt Loehle, UConn, Dec. 2016
Emily DeMarco, Ipswich HS, Apr. 2016
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Jan. 2016
AJ Ernst, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2015
Sydney Packard, Bishop Fenwick HS, Dec. 2015
Griffin Barriss, Melrose HS, Dec. 2015
Tia Patterson, Boston College, Dec. 2015
Thomas Mackin, Lynn Classical HS, Dec. 2015
Riley Dowd, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Emily Weigand, American University, Nov. 2015
Connor Wolff, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Lexi Buonfiglio, Stonehill College, Nov. 2015
Victoria Holleran, St John, Peabody, Mar. 2015
Abby Walsh, Beverly HS, Dec. 2014
Riley Dowd, Peabody HS, Dec. 2014
Sarah Oliver, Marblehead HS, Dec. 2014
Tia Patterson, Lynnfield HS, Nov. 2014
Emily Horgan, Univ. of Vermont, Nov. 2014
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