Athlete Spotlight #15: Bryce Murdick

Athlete Name: Bryce Murdick

School: Falmouth HS

Year of Graduation: 2015


2012 State Meet Finish: 11th Class B 17:10


Best time in a 5K race and in which meet:

My best time from last season was from Festival of Champions at Belfast with a 17 even.


Tell us how your summer training is going?:

My summer training has been intense to say the least. I have been using a modified Galloway method to get the maximum amount of mileage and eliminating the risk of a burnout or injury. I have also been doing a lot of core and upper body work, since this was an area I was weak in.

What are your goals for the upcoming season?:

My personal goal this season is to be under 16 minutes. I have been training through the summer with this at the forefront of my mind.

How long have you been running and how did you get started?:

I have been running for a long time, I think since I was seven or eight. My dad introduced me to the sport and I took to it, it took a while for running to take me, I was always very slow.


Will you be competing anywhere out of state this season?:

This year our team is heading to New Hampshire of the Manchester Invitational, to me this meet is more important than states. The Manchester course is blazing fast and intense, second only to Thetford for the best course in New England. Manchester gives us a chance to test our metal against the best and preview this years New England's host course

What is your favorite course to run in Maine?:

I have been running there for a long time and are very familiar to me. They are also very scenic while allowing for fast racing at the same time.

What is the toughest course to run in Maine?:

Belfast hurt the most out of any course I ran this year. During that last mile I had no gauge of where the finish was, and it seemed to stretch on forever while the pain built.

What meet during the regular season do you put extra emphasize on to compete well at?:

I try to compete well in all my races during the regular season, but I believe I put a little bit more emphasis into the last couple of races because they determine really where you go from there.

What is your favorite cross country race so far in your high school career?:

My favorite cross country race so far would have to be New England's last year at Twin Brooks, it was my first New England's, and it was awesome

Favorite cross country memory?:

My most fondest memory from cross country would have to the bus rides home from a successful meet. A sense of satisfaction and happiness that nothing else can bring.

When you are not running what is your favorite thing to do?:

When I'm not our running my favorite thing to do is eat, there is a lot of good food out there.

Favorite quote?:

This is by far my favorite quote "...prodigies are ill prepared for what happens when the adoration goes away, their competitors start to catch up and the going gets rough." It's a quote from Psychology Today, and though it is an unconventional source to quote it still head and shoulders above all others as far as speaking to me personally. As a runner you always hear of the next big thing in running, you always have a Lukas Verzbicas or Mary Cain setting the A+ standard, so hearing this, though cynical, is enlightening.

What shoes do you train in?:

I train in Nike Zoom Fly's, they are stable and last longer than most.

What shoes do you race in?:

I switch my racing spikes every year, I have no idea what I will end up using for this season.

What professional athlete would you most like to meet?:

I would love to meet Gerry Lindgren. The man is a legend and overcame a total lack of natural talent with only sheer will power. He was not born a runner, he made himself into one.

What is something that most people don't know about you?

Most people don't know that...well maybe it's better if they don't find out.