Affiliation: Boston Athletic Association
Runners Feed: Describe your 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials experience.
The people in Houston were incredibly accommodating and went to great lengths to make sure that the athletes had everything we needed. This was my first time running in the Olympic Trials so I just tried to soak it all up and make the most of it. The whole weekend flew by in a blur as we prepared for the race, ran, and then celebrated with friends and family. With a nice flat course, perfect weather, and enthusiastic fans, it couldn’t have gone much better than it did.
RF: Were you satisfied with your performance?
This was the first marathon I’ve run where my training had not gone exactly as planned. During the month of December I dealt with severe plantar fasciitis in my left foot and had to stop running for two weeks. Not having cross trained much in the past I wasn’t sure if my fitness would still be there come January 14th, but I decided to shoot for a new PR anyway. While I set out on 2:35 pace and eventually faded to 2:36 high, I am actually quite pleased with my race. My plan was to run in a pack for the first 18 miles and then just race the last eight. Our group started to string out before we made it to 18, but aside from that I really did stick to the plan. In the third loop I was catching women as I had hoped to, and felt okay up until the 24th mile marker. From there it was a miserable death march to the finish line and a few women went past me, but I know that I gave it everything I could. My time was a PR by eight seconds and this is my eleventh straight PR in the marathon. Seeing those numbers on the clock at the finish line was a huge relief! Considering that four weeks ago I wasn’t even able to run, I believe that Saturday’s race was something to be happy about.
RF: What would you attribute your success to?
I attribute my success to staying positive and having confidence in myself. My coach, Terrance Shea, was a huge help with this as he made me understand that running well off of cross training was still a possibility and reminded me that numerous other athletes in the field would be in the same situation. Going into the race I knew that I would be running through a lot of pain and that I would need to be focused mentally, or else I could have easily thrown in the towel.
Suggested Reading: The Mental Side of Running
RF: What is on tap for the spring/summer?
Track season! I’m looking forward to getting back to the oval and developing some speed in the 5K and 10K.
RF: In 1 word describe your approach to the race. Believe
RF: Who proved to be your #1 fan today? My husband, Chad. He is always my #1 source of support
RF: Can we expect to see you gunning for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials? Absolutely
RF: In 1 word describe your emotion when you crossed the finish line. Grateful
TRUE or FALSE?
RF: I executed my race plan. True
RF: I hit the wall. True
RF: I had fun! True
RF: I will do my best to make it to the start line of another OT race? True
RF: I will take a week or more off running? True. Two weeks and man do I need it!