MIDDLEBURY  |  WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Addie Tousley
Sr. | Distance

How did you first get into running?
It's actually kind of a funny story. My dad is in the military so we moved around. When we moved to Maryland, I stopped most of the sports I had been doing. After a couple years, my mom demanded I play a sport once I got to high school. My older brother had started running when I was younger and I wasn't too coordinated so it seemed like a good fit.

What do you think about when you're running?
Often running is the one time I get to go by myself and not think about anything at all. But lately as a senior the "What am I going to do with my life" question is a big one I think about. I'm not really focused on myself though. I'm focused on the team motivation aspect, on coming through for my team.

We graduated a lot of leaders and fast runners last year and we'll have to come to terms with the fact that we're a young team now. But the great thing is we're working with younger girls who are willing to step up.

Your brother was part of Haverford's national championship team. Has his running success put pressure on you?
My brother has definitely been a pretty big fixture in my running career. We actually run together occasionally when we're together.  We were more competitive in high school. There was not really pressure, I just looked at him and knew I could get better. He knew the best college programs and helped me look at schools. It's not really a competition. We're really happy for each others' success.

Why did you choose Middlebury?
The team at Middlebury made me feel like it was the right place for me. I wanted to be like them in four years. I felt like part of a big dysfunctional family. It's honestly the happiest team I've ever been on.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned since your freshman year?
Freshman year I fairily oblivious to my coaches. I did everything they said, I just didn't take advantage of seeking their advice. Now I'm willing to talk to them and have that communication. I've also been learning there's always something more you can be doing.

What's your guilty pleasure treat when you're training?
This summer I was averaging 75 miles a week. I lived at home with a teammate, senior captain Jack Davies, and we'd treat ourselves to vanilla ice cream. It was always the one splurge I was allowed growing up in a vegan household. Vanilla ice cream got my through the summer.

Photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.