Eat Like an Elite: Drew Hunter and 10 Others in His Immediate Family
“He’s fairly capable already, but the practice will be good for him. Hopefully he will leave home able to prepare a variety of healthy meals for himself.” - Joan Hunter
By Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner's World
Joan Hunter has a lot of mouths to feed—11 of them at times. That tally includes her husband, herself, and their nine children, who range in age from 11 to 26. Among the children is Drew Hunter who in February became the 8th American high school runner to break 4 minutes for the Mile. He ran 3:58.25 on an indoor track in New York and set an American indoor high school record.
Hunter, who signed a contract with adidas over the summer after graduating from Loudoun Valley High School, credits his mother with talking to him about the importance of nutrition when he started to take his running more seriously and when one member of their family was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, which changed their eating habits.
For most of this year, Hunter is living at home with his parents and siblings, and together they plan for his education and his future. “I am still feeding him, and one of my goals for him is to develop his cooking skills this year,” Joan Hunter, 53, said. “He’s fairly capable already, but the practice will be good for him. Hopefully he will leave home able to prepare a variety of healthy meals for himself.”
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