Fitness Enthusiast: Henry Sterling

Name: Henry Sterling

City/Town of Residence: Woonsocket

Age: 24

Occupation: Professional Distance Runner, Middle School XC/TF Coach

Your sport or fitness passion: Distance Running

Recent events you’ve participated in: 2015 USA Outdoor National Championships (Steeplechase), Boston Mayor’s Cup (8k XC), New England XC Championship (10k)

Events planned for the future: Boston University Opener 5k, Boston University Terrier Mile

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment? Making NCAA Cross Country Nationals my senior year at Dartmouth College. We hadn’t made it as a team since 2005. Four of my teammates were fellow seniors and my best friends. We had all been through the ups and downs of collegiate running together for 4 years, and to finally make it with our last go was special.

What motivates you? The fact that if I get out and run every day, I can improve every day. With running you don’t know how good you can be; you can constantly surprise yourself just by running and training hard and staying healthy. Ultimately, the dream of making the Olympics or a Worlds team is always in the back of my mind, and always a motivator.

Tell us something about yourself that many people may not know: Often times I find myself daydreaming of being a musician. Its actually a regret from college, that I didn’t continue my musical aspirations more seriously.

Best thing about living in RI: Well, it’s warmer than Maine, but still has great seasons. Within 40 minutes you can find a beach, a trail, or a nice park that you have never been to.

Words to live by: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: The first 20 minutes of my run can sometimes be hardest to get through, but once I do, the rest of the run feels much better and I am happy I didn’t just turn around and stop early. Make a daily plan/goal and stick to it, even if you’re not feeling it.

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