Tominack: I actually played soccer for 9 years of my life. It's kind of how I got running in the first place. See, my mother would take me to soccer practice, where I would be made to run for being late. I guess I owe a lot to the fact that she was never, ever on time.
SCRunners.com: How many years have you been running?
Tominack: I have been running since I could walk.
SCRunners.com: What year did you graduate from Riverside?
SCRunners.com: When did you graduate from Furman?
SCRunners.com: What did you study at Furman?
Tominack: I double majored in Political Science and Philosophy with a concentration in the Humanities.
SCRunners.com: What made you decide to run in college?
Tominack: I couldn't get enough of it in high school!
SCRunners.com: What would you say to South Carolina runners to look
for or ask about when looking for a school for athletics and academics?
Tominack: I am a little biased since Furman is my alma mater...Seriously, though, make sure that whatever school you are looking at has the types of programs that you want to pursue as a profession. If you plan to run, that is awesome, but make sure that the track and CC programs emphasize a "student first" approach.
SCRunners.com: When was your first race?
Tominack: I raced my dad to the car when I was 4...and won.
SCRunners.com: What is your most memorable running moment while at
Tominack: It's a tie, but I'd have to say when my 4x800 meter relay team won Coaches Classic my freshman year. I was anchor leg and came from behind to pull out an exciting win. We were so excited. It is great to be able to share a victory with your relay team.
SCRunners.com: What are you going to now that you graduated?
Tominack: Next year I will be attending law school.
SCRunners.com: Did you or Riverside have any rivals during high
Tominack: I would have to say that Spartanburg High School was our biggest competition.
SCRunners.com: How was college training and high school training
different for you?
Tominack: Coach Wooden (Riverside) really pushed us without once having to raise his voice. My teammates were there to pick you up when you were down or to congratulate you after a victory. Collegiate running is more about competition and a little less about comarade.
SCRunners.com: Does anyone in your family run?
Tominack: My parents like to jog around a baseball field behind their house.
SCRunners.com: Have you won any running events?
Tominack: I won several in high school and a couple of heats in college. Outside of school I've won a couple of open track and cross country races. Actually, I just won the Reindeer Run in Laurens on December 14th...that was great!
SCRunners.com: Who is your favorite runner?
Tominack: Megan Curran was my best friend in high school and one of the best runners I have had the pleasure of both racing with and against. She is both highly motivated and very focused. Rather than race, Megan would attack any runner in her path.
SCRunners.com: What keeps you motivated throughout the seasons?
Tominack: Sibal. He is a great runner, my training partner, as well as my boyfriend who really keeps me motivated.
SCRunners.com: What is your favorite cross-country and track
Tominack: I love 400 and 200 repeats!
SCRunners.com: What kind of training do you do over the summer?
Tominack: I like to build up the mileage during the summer months. Usually I'll run a brisk 6 miler in the morning and another 6 or so in the evenings.
SCRunners.com: Are you training for anything specific now that you
are out of college?
Tominack: Anything that looks fun. I'd love to get into some indoor track races.
SCRunners.com: What kind of surface do you prefer to run on?
SCRunners.com: What do you think needs to be done to help South
Tominack: I think people need to become aware of everything that goes into racing: ie. The months of hard training; the time and dedication; the mental side of running; and the actual excitement of the meets.