REPORTER: Congratulations on winning the marathon. How long have you been preparing for this race?
RUNNER: Thank you. I've been training about five years, running twelve miles, three times a week.
REPORTER: Why do you like to run?
RUNNER: I haven't always been a runner. I started running when my doctor told me I was over-weight and needed to improve my over-all health. At first, it was hard to go a few miles, but now, I'm in better shape, and I love it. I can't wait to get out in the morning and run.
REPORTER: What is your favorite part of a marathon?
RUNNER: You might expect me to answer "crossing the finish line", but actually it's when I get to the 20-mile point of the race. I think I can't go on, and then I do! That's my most challenging moment. It's mind over matter.
REPORTER: Are you planning to run more marathons in the near future?
RUNNER: Yes, I am looking forward to running one in Seattle next month.
REPORTER: Can you give me some advice about getting in shape?
RUNNER: Well, I guess I would tell you to keep moving. Eat healthy food and keep moving.
REPORTER: Wonderful! Thank you for talking to us today and please thank your coach as well. Get some rest!
RUNNER: Thank you. I'm honored to be here on your show.
challenging (Adj) – difficult
in shape (phrasal expr.) – good health
look forward to (phrasal expr.) – wait for eagerly, await with pleasure
marathon (N) – a race of 26.2 miles;
mind over matter (expression) – the mind is more powerful than the body
over-all (Adj) – general, covering everything
Change the interview above to reported speech. Pay attention to tense, pronoun, and adverb agreement.