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Getting to know - Andy Schepis

Andy Schepis

Bishop Carroll cross country

Schepis is one of the leaders of a young team. The senior helped Carroll finish first in the Hesston Swather Special last week by finishing the 3.1 mile race in 16 minutes, 39.33 seconds. Schepis has served as motivation for teammates. He developed asthma after a run-in with H1N1 as a junior but continues to act as one of the team's top runners.

How did the diagnosis of asthma change your cross country life?

"Before I had no idea I had asthma at all. After I got diagnosed with H1N1, the asthma kind of hit me all at once. I've been dealing with that. I'm on asthma medication now. It kind of inhibits me from being able to practice some days. It usually depends on the weather. So I have to be careful, and I have to be more moderate with my workouts."

What are the differences between how you used to work out and how you work out now?

"My workouts change depending on how I'm feeling that day. If we're doing a really tough, long workout I will just try to rest on it and lower the pace a little bit. It just kind of depends."

How are you able to pick up the pace and not be affected by the asthma when it comes to meets?

"The timing of the meet helps a lot with them being early in the morning. After that it's just my adrenaline going. I don't want all of that work that I've done to go to waste. It's what I train for. I train for the races. Races are when its time to go to work, and that's what I do. I go to work and start racing."

What do you do when you're not running?

"When I'm not running, I'm usually working. I work at the YMCA as a lifeguard. I love to swim. When I'm not doing that I'm probably hanging out with friends."

Does swimming help with your stamina at all?

"One thing that my doctor said was that swimming helps with asthma. So I do occasionally swim laps. So far I haven't had too big of a problem with breathing this year. Swimming laps so far seems to have been working so I'm going to keep on doing that."