Episode 119: Evan Jager
We’ve got a Bowerman Bro on the show today! Evan Jager is a two-time Olympian (2012 & 2016) and runs for Nike with the Bowerman Track Club. He holds the American Record in the 3,000 Steepchase and trains under coach Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert.
Evan ran for the University of Wisconsin for only one year before turning to Professional running. It was a bold move and we talk about the decision to follow his coach (Jerry Schumacher) and pursue his dreams in Portland. He finished his college degree while training professionally in Portland. Shortly after turning pro, Evan suffered an intense ankle injury that left him not running for 6 months. We talk about navigating that in this episode, along with moving from a 5k runner to the Steeple Chase as his main event. We also talk about successes and other hard times in his career; like when he he won a Silver medal in the 2016 Olympics or when he was on track to break the 8 minute barrier in the Steeple and fell on the last water jump in Paris in 2015 at the Diamond League. Evan proves that when competing at the highest level, having the right mindset ad being your best self in training and come race day are a huge component to success.