Howdy y’all, here I present to you another EatRunSwag interview. This time with my Canadian friend Jeremy Rae. Fun fact about J-Rae, he was last year’s Mayo Mile champion and will be attempting to defend his title tomorrow afternoon.
Bro'ing out with J-Rae and the Dunbar in Boston
So J-Rae, I know ladies like the foreigners, do you have a lady-friend?
Yes.. yes I do. My girlfriend and I have been dating for over a year.
Bitches love Canada
Who is your NCAA crush?
-No homo, Matt Hughes. If I could grow half as good of a mustache/mullet combo as him I’d be ecstatic.
One of the Manliest of the Men in the sport
What is your favorite movie?
-Gladiator. But the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a very close second.
COME AT ME BRO.
You’re Canadian, how come you don’t have a flappy head?
-Actually.. I’ve never really gotten into South Park, and that might be why. I’m a way bigger Family Guy fan.
What is your favorite Alanis Morissette song?
-If I had to pick one it’d be “Thank You”.. have you seen the music video? But in all honesty I’m a much bigger Avril fan.
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
Which do you prefer, miles or kilometers?
-Definitely km’s. It makes my weekly totals seem much higher than they really are.
I still prefers miles. AMERICA.
How did it feel losing to us at the Michigan night game earlier this year?
-3 years in a row of last-minute losses to you guys has been pretty tough to deal with. We play you guys early enough in the year where I still care about how our football team is playing, so it’s been especially difficult.
HAIL TO THE VICTORS
How did you first get into running?
-I did just about every sport in elementary school and when the track season came around I tried out for the 800m and the shotput. Shockingly, I lost the 800 but was our schools best shotputter.
The youngest pic I could find of you on Facebook
What made you choose to go to Notre Dame?
-I saw a picture of touchdown Jesus and thought that same pose would be a great victory celebration one day. No.. that’s only partially true. I took my visit and really liked the guys on the team. They made me feel really welcome and I could easily see myself fitting in with them.
While it doesn't say anything in the bible about Jesus liking football, he probably did.
You’re the defending champ of the Meyo Mile, describe your victory last year. Was it your first time under 4 minutes?
-Last year’s race was incredible. The whole week leading up to it everyone had been asking (more like telling me) that I was going to break-4 that weekend. The race played into my hands with a slow 2nd and 3rd lap (1200 split of 3:02-3), and I was able to kick pretty well off that. Getting under four for my first time was a surreal experience, and I was so glad I was able to meet everyones expectations.
I think a "Mayo" mile would be more interesting. 6oz of Mayo per lap
How has your training been going so far this season?
-The build up to this years Meyo mile hasn’t been as great as last year. I got pretty sick in early January and didn’t run at all for a week, and really have only recently gotten over that. Otherwise, I’ve gotten in some good workouts and I’m only getting fitter every week.
What are your goals for this meet, the rest of indoor, and then eventually outdoor?
-The goal is to win again. There’s something about the meet being at home and the mile being the signature event that makes winning the most important thing on Saturday. I’d also like to defend my mile title at Big East, and with the mile craziness that’s already happened (McCarthy and McEntee) I’m already getting excited about that race. Otherwise, we’ll have another good DMR this year and we’d like to at least match our 4th place finish from last year at nationals.
The Ragin' Canadian vs. The Stormin' Mormon
Are you looking at going to the Canadian Olympic Trials?
-I haven’t thought much about outdoors yet, seeing as it’s so early in the year. However, I was embarrassed with my 9th place finish at NCAA’s last year, and so placing higher will for sure be one of my main goals. And I definitely plan on running the trials too, but NCAA’s is always the main focus.
Hoping to see you rep the Maple Leaf this summer, dude.