U of M Men - In the Spotlight: August Pappas

U of M Men - In the Spotlight: August Pappas

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August Pappas

U-M senior/junior distance runner August Pappas chats about this weekend's Stanford Invitational and his upcoming show with the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble.

On making the transition from indoor to outdoor track season ... "It's my favorite time of track season, for sure. We go from racing 3K's and 5K's to preparing for the 10K and there is something about the style of training that the whole team really gets behind. We have longer tempo runs and higher-volume workouts; it feels like real distance running again, and it feels awesome."

On running in the prestigious Stanford Invitational 10K this weekend ... "I have never run the race before, but I know that the slow heat last year was faster than what won the Big Ten. This race draws a really good field, essentially, and it provides us with the opportunity to run a regional time early in the season, and that's big. Once we get that out of the way we can focus on some other things besides making regionals. If we run fast enough we might get a chance to run a couple of faster 5K's to try and fill out our resume a little bit, instead of focusing on getting that fast 10K in. It's a good chance for us to get that regional time early."

On traveling for and running at a distance-focused meet, as the remainder of the team will be in Berkeley ... "To compare it to cross country season, it is more individualized. Cross Country season is the best because you are racing against hundreds of people; it's just a mob. The 10K in track is more refined, I guess you would say. It is not about competing with hundreds of people who are all running the right time; it's much more individualized. As far as traveling goes, track season is great because we get to travel with the whole team instead of just eight or nine of us. We do have a little bit of a 10K social group, and they are really, really fun to travel with."

On an upcoming show for the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, of which he is a part ... "We are going to play in a drum manufacturing factory in Holland, Michigan, called the Black Swamp Percussion Company. They produce really high-end instruments. There is demand for their instruments all over the country, so it is a cool opportunity because it is a really well-known brand, but also a small business located just an hour away. We started it last year, so this will be our second year performing there. There isn't usually a large crowd, but they provide an internet feed and we usually get a decent amount of people watching. It is a chance for us to develop a relationship with Black Swamp as a percussion program. We'll play their drums and kind of use it as an advertising opportunity for them, too. It feels like you're in a warehouse; it's this small factory but it is really cool to have a big music setup in a space like that."