Joggler Interview - Gus Tate - Joggling to Stay Fit
Posted Aug 11 2008 9:11pm
We recently met Gus Tate at this year’s (2008) IJA Joggling Championships. He ran a number of races andperformed quite well for a rookie joggler. He is 22 years old and is currently working for a hospital, helping to organize their 5K. In September he’ll be teaching English in Guangzhou, China for 1-2 years. He lives in Lexington, KY.
JYAJ: What is the story of how you learned to juggle?
TATE: I like to think that the Princeton Juggling Club collectively taught me how to juggle. In the first week of freshman year (2004) I was looking for a new skill and juggling seemed esoteric enough to be cool, but I did not expect to become obsessed. Which is what happened.
JYAJ: When did you start joggling?
TATE: I spent the spring semester of my junior year (2007) in Melbourne, Australia. Having bookmarked the JYAJ blog at the beginning of that semester, knowing I ought to exercise more, finally gave it a try in the last few weeks. I joggled about every other day in Princes Park, my goal being a 5K downtown, which I quite anti-climactically overslept.
JYAJ: Why did you start joggling?
TATE: I wanted to try running and reckoned juggling would provide enough incentive to make me stick with it.
JYAJ: How many races have you done while joggling?
TATE: Three. Two 5Ks and one 10K. The 2008 IJA Joggling Championships was my favorite. Being around other jogglers was a refreshing novelty.
JYAJ: What are some of your most interesting joggling stories?
TATE: This past 4th of July in Lexington featured a 10K which was my first actual road race. I wanted to joggle, but I didn’t know whether or not I could keep it up the whole 6 miles, so I decided to joggle just the last mile or so. Conveniently, my house is located on the race route, so I planted my juggling balls on my front porch beforehand and planned to pick them up along the way, thinking that I would have run about 5 miles up to that point and one only have about 1 to go. Vast miscalculation. In fact, I don’t think my house was even halfway along, so I ended up joggling the equivalent of a 5K. I definitely wasn’t ready for that, but in the end that proved I could do it, which led to me entering the 5K at the IJA fest.
JYAJ: What kind of training do you do? How fast do you run?
TATE: Outside of these few road races, I’ve usually run with a friend around a park, sans joggling. I haven’t thought much about speed. 24:31 at the IJA 5K is my record.
JYAJ: Do you eat a special diet?
JYAJ: How long do you think you will keep joggling?
No idea. But so far it seems like my best ticket to a healthy lifestyle, so I hope I can make it a habit.
JYAJ: Do you have any advice for would-be jogglers?
TATE: In the words of the joggling banner I saw at the IJA festival: “Try it; you’ll like it!”
JYAJ: Where do you see the sport of joggling in 10 years?
TATE: I think there will come a day when bystanders will see a joggler and, instead of saying “Ooh look, a juggler”, they will say, “Ooh look, a joggler”. A subtle but significant improvement.
TATE: Oh yeah, just in case there are any Kentuckian readers out there: the 5K I help organize is “A Midsummer Night’s Run” in downtown Lexington at 8:30pm on August 9th. Search for it on Active.com to register. My dad will be joggling it for sure, but it would be great to see other jogglers there too.