Mario Lopez answers 10 questions on running

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By ISABELLE CHAPMAN
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We always knew that Mario Lopez had amazing abs, but did you know the former "Saved by the Bell" star is a seasoned endurance athlete?

The 41-year-old actor and host has completed 2 marathons, 2 half marathons and a triathlon, and that doesn't even include the race he's about to take on this weekend.

Lopez is gearing up to head to the the wild, zany and completely awesome Rock N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon, which stretches down the Vegas strip and will include performances from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The Hollywood heartthrob, who will be hitting the pavement with 35,000 other runners, revealed in an exclusive interview with AOL that he wasn't always fond of running. Naturally, we had to get the skinny on why he loves the sport now and how he preps for a big race day.

1. What kind of shoes do you wear?

New Balance.

2. How often do you replace them?

I replace them fairly often. I go through them quickly because I'm active. I'm always running or boxing or hiking or whatever the case may be.

3. You're running the "Half of a Half" marathon this weekend on the Las Vegas Strip. Can you tell us why you picked this race?

It's for a good cause, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, and it's something that I really want to be a part of. It's also going to be super cool, they're closing down the entire strip for the run.

4. What other races have you done in the past?

I've done marathons, the Boston, New York, but I've also done triathalons. I actually have a torn rotater cuff right now, so [a half of a half] was all it could handle.

5. How do you prep for a race?

I think it's important to fuel up the night before. Don't drink, get a good night's rest. I usually do a lot of pasta the night before. And then after a race I do whatever I'm feeling, and cocktails, of course.

6. What activities do you like besides running?

I really like boxing, that's actually how I tore my rotator cuff, but other than that cross-fit, hiking, I really like to mix it up.

7. Do you have a running buddy?

I think it's a good idea to have one, but I actually don't just because my schedule is so crazy. I tend to do it on my own. But yeah, if you have someone you can run with I think that helps. Even if they're not running with you but on the same training schedule.

8. Have you always liked to run?

I used to hate it when I was younger. But now it's kind of therapeutic for me. It's the best way to get in shape and it's always good to get that music going.

9. What music do you like to run to?

Well, it's got to be upbeat music. I like hip-hop music. I'm really into working out to [Electric Dance Music] right now. Skrillex, Afrojack, those guys.

10. Do you have any running advice for our readers?

I think there are three important things with running. Have the right shoes -- that makes the biggest difference in the world. Keep the right kind of music playing to keep you motivated, and if you have someone you can run with, I think that makes such a difference.

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SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Leanna Creel as Tori Scott, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL: WEDDING IN LAS VEGAS -- Air Date 10/07/1994 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: WEDDING IN LAS VEGAS -- Air Date 10/07/1994 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Liz Vassey as Carla -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: WEDDING IN LAS VEGAS -- Air Date 10/07/1994 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: WEDDING IN LAS VEGAS -- Air Date 10/07/1994 -- Pictured: (l-r) Liz Vassey as Carla, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS -- 'Dr. Kelly' Episode 10 -- Air Date 11/02/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kiersten Warren as Alex Tabor, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS -- 'Dr. Kelly' Episode 10 -- Air Date 11/02/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Kiersten Warren as Alex Tabor, Anne Tremko as Leslie Burke, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Bob Golic as Michael Rogers, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS -- 'Dr. Kelly' Episode 10 -- Air Date 11/02/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bob Golic as Michael Rogers, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 3 --Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 17: Mario Lopez in a private photo shoot at Ron Wolfson's Studio on June, 17, 1990 in Studio City, CA. (Photo By Ron Wolfson/Getty Images).
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'From Nurse to Worse' Episode 16 -- Air Date 12/15/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'From Nurse to Worse' Episode 16 -- Air Date 12/15/1990 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
Sept 1993 San Diego, Ca... Mario Lopez From Tv Series Saved By The Bell And David Charvet From Bay Watch. (Photo By Brad Elterman/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Saved By The Bell:The College Years,' cramming into a wooden booth, circa 1993. (Inside booth, top to bottom): Mario Lopez, Anne Tremko, Dustin Diamond, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen. Kiersten Warren and Bob Golic stand outside the booth. (Photo by Paramount Television/Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'No Hope with Dope' Episode 21 -- Air Date 11/30/1991 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'No Hope with Dope' Episode 21 -- Air Date 11/30/1991 -- Pictured: Mario Lopez (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'No Hope with Dope' Episode 21 -- Air Date 11/30/1991 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez, Leanna Creel (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS -- 'Guess Who's Coming to College?' Episode 2 -- Air Date 09/14/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris -- Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS -- 'Pilot' Episode 1 -- AIr Date 05/22/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bob Golic as Michael Rogers, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'School Song' Episode 24 -- Air Date 11/28/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Lara Lyon as Louise, Troy Fromin as Ox, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Ryan Holihan as Sylvester, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Leanna Creel as Tori Scott-- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
American actor Mario Lopez surrounded by his high school wrestling trophies, April 1991. He starred in the popular TV sitcom 'Saved By the Bell'. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Ed Alonzo as Max, Middle: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Bottom: Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zachary 'Zack' Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater-- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'No Hope with Dope' Episode 21 -- Air Date 11/30/1991 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tori Spelling, Mario Lopez (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL: HAWAIIAN STYLE -- Air Date 11/27/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
SAVED BY THE BELL -- 'School Song' Episode 24 -- Air Date 11/28/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Leanna Creel as Tori Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle-- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
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