By: Ryan Barone
Chris Tardugno, a student athlete at Oyster Bay High School, could be on his way to becoming Long Island’s next best runner. Chris trains hard daily to achieve low times to work his way up to becoming the best. Watching Chris rack up achievements during his races is a treat. However, Chris is not only a good athlete, but is also a good friend and teammate. He can often be found cheering on other athletes and teams from the sidelines. Recently, Chris sat down with The Harbour Voice to answer a few questions about his enthusiasm for running and how he has risen to his level of athleticism.
How would you say your running career is going?
It is going well, as I am improving daily; I’m doing proficient work.
What is your proudest running accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment was breaking 18 minutes in a 5K race at Eisenhower Park.
How do you think your commitment to running has shaped you as a person?
It has improved me by making me a better person. It has helped me to become more focused and devoted, and I am becoming a healthier person because of it. I enjoy it a lot
What is your training regimen like?
My training consists of running seven days a week. I try to get in two track workouts per week, with one long 9 to 10 mile run. Between those days, it is easier to run 5 to 7 miles in distance.
If you could change one thing, what would that be?
If I could change one thing in my life, I would start training for running early in my high school career. Back in 9th grade, I did not train very hard, but if I trained harder, I could have done better earlier on.
What advice would you give any new and aspiring runners?
Train hard and have confidence in your racing abilities. Learn what your body can handle.
The Harbour Voice is proud to have such an inspiring athlete right here at Oyster Bay High School!
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