Oct. 22, 2011
Sophomore Evan Kendrick, who has been sidelined with an injury since the Georgia Invitational, seeks to return to action at the SEC Championships on Oct. 29 after watching his teammates compete the last few weeks. Kendrick recently took some time to talk about his rehabilitation and the season thus far.
How did you feel about the men’s and women’s performance at the Crimson Classic?
I think they raced really well. I thought some of the guys had a tough day but as far as effort goes, both teams did great.
How do you feel now after coming off an injury?
It’s almost a 100 percent improvement now because I’m running again. I should hopefully be in position to compete in SEC Championships coming up.
What kind of training have you been allowed to do since you’re injury?
I’ve been doing lots of biking, swimming and cross training. This is actually the first week though I’ve been able to be on my feet the whole time with zero cross training. That’s a huge improvement for me.
Have you ever face an injury like this before?
I redshirted indoor and outdoor last season so I feel like I’ve been injured ever since I got to Alabama. I didn’t get much training over the summer so my fitness level is not up to par compared to the other runners.
Has the physical rehabilitation been difficult for you?
One can only do so much cross training. It’s a nice complement to physical running but it’s easier to get your fitness level back up with cross country.
What changes have you seen in this year’s team?
It’s been a 180 degree difference. We’re very organized and we always have a process and game plan to follow, which is to compete for the SEC Championship.
What goals have you set for yourself this season?
Just race. I just want to be able to go out there and race. I don’t worry about times. I figure if I’m racing well enough then fast times will come with that.
How was the transition been from high school competition to collegiate athletics?
It’s been great. There’s obviously a greater workload involved with mileage increase. I feel like I’ve had a smoother transition than most, though.