Clay Milford one of 1A's best runners has transferred to 3A power Chiles for his junior season. We caught up with Milford about his decision and his quest to win a state title with his new team in this Spotlight Athlete feature.
Running started six years ago for me, when I decided I wanted to be in the military. To get into shape I raced a 1 ½ mile loop every night trying to break thirteen minutes and accidentally fell in love.
My first race was in 6th grade where I ran a 22:12 in a local 5k.
This summer I feel more fit than ever training with my new team, Chiles High School. The switch has been a long time in the making and I'm very fortunate that my new school happens to have such a great running program. The transition has no question rustled some feathers and if anyone has a problem he or she can race me anytime.
My 2016 cross country season was filled with months of hard work and occasional triumphs such as winning the regional championship however I still came up short in the grand scheme of things. After adjusting I am now in a position to do big things this season.
At this point in the season my week looks like easy mileage on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, light stimulus workouts on Tuesday and Thursday, and a long run on Saturday. Mile repeats are my favorite.
Which meets will you be running in this year?
A few big races we're hitting this season include Florida Horse Park, Alligator Lake, and Great American in North Carolina.
The Sunny Hills course in Tallahassee is probably my favorite course and in my opinion, Cougar Challenge is the hardest course in the state.
Out of all your running accomplishments so far, which stands out the most?
I would say that getting 3rd in the 3200m at state last year was an accomplishment that stands out most in my mind.
This season my goals include doing my part in bringing home a State Championship for Chiles XC and for myself, low 15:50's.
I love how running is a pure reflection of your drive, perseverance, and everything you are on display. There is no relying on other teammates, no excuses, and no halftimes or water breaks.
The Low Down
Do you have a favorite quote?
"It's more than just a race, it's style" -Steve Prefontaine
Always a prayer before any race or workout.
What is your favorite food?
What was the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?
The new King Arthur yesterday... PRETTY HYPE (I watch a lot of movies).
I train in Nike Vomeros, Altra Torrins, and Brooks Launch. In racing I've been pretty loyal to Nike Victory XC's.
What professional athlete would you like to meet the most?
Definitely Ryan Hall or Matt Centrowitz.
Most people don't know that I want them to peep my soundcloud @Clay Milford if they want to hear some spicy tracks.