Oct. 14, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Rolltide.com and the Alabama women's cross country team have started a new weekly segment called Seven Questions. Select players and coaches will check in weekly on Rolltide.com and answer questions pertaining to things on and off the field. The seventh edition features freshman Leigh Gilmore.
Rolltide.com: When and why did you start running?
Leigh Gilmore: I started running in seventh grade when I was cut from the middle school volleyball team.
Rolltide.com: Why did you choose to come to The University of Alabama?
L. Gilmore: The honors program at Alabama was very impressive and I knew I would be challenged and presented with many great opportunities to get a top-notch education. I also connected with the girls on the team and I like the direction Coach Hasenbank is taking with the running program.
Rolltide.com: What are your personal goals and what are the team goals for this year and career?
L. Gilmore: I would love to run under 18:00 for my 5k time this year and for our young group to learn how to race together and to build off of each other. In a couple of years, I believe this group can win the SECs and eventually make it to nationals.
Rolltide.com: Do you have a pre-race ritual?
L. Gilmore: I usually listen to my iPod (I have a pre-race playlist that involves all Christian songs) and warm-up with my sister. I always eat a banana with peanut butter and half of a power bar.
Rolltide.com: What's your favorite race and why?
L. Gilmore: My favorite race is the steeplechase course at the Percy Warner Park race in Tennessee. My family lived there before we moved to Mobile, and our state race was on the course. It is flat and enjoyable.
Rolltide.com: Other than running, what Olympic sport would you want to compete in and why?
L. Gilmore: I would love to compete in the equestrian competitions. I have grown up with horses and I love riding them.
Rolltide.com: What's it like to compete with and against your twin sister every day?
L. Gilmore: We are both very competitive, so it is definitely very beneficial to have someone always pushing you and running with you stride for stride. On days that we aren't getting along, our pace definitely quickens. But overall, it's a blessing to have her as my running partner. However, I have to have at least one day a week that I get to run by myself or with someone else. Separation is sometimes very beneficial with twin sisters.