2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Did you happen to watch the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles on Saturday? I was glued to the television. I was rooting for Meb to win, or at least be top three and of course my idol, Kara Goucher.

love watching marathons on television and get so invested in the outcome. I was ecstatic to see Meb come in second place, and had a feeling he would be on the team. He looked so comfortable the whole marathon and made it look so easy! Watching their cadence makes me think they are running a 9 minute mile based on how comfortable they look. I can’t wait to watch him in Rio this summer!

As for the women’s marathon, I had a gut feeling Shalane and Desi would make the team, and I was really, really rooting for Kara. I have been following her for the past eight years and feel so invested in her racing career (yes, I know that sounds weird). Of course I don’t know her personally, but from reading her interviews, articles, Instragrams, and videos, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what kind of person she is- and that is an admirable one.

I was heartbroken when she came in fourth place. Fourth place is amazing, but I know her goal was to make the team.

If you’re interested in reading her post-marathon interview, click  Here!

Kara Goucher post Olympic Trials interview 2016

The whole time I was watching I had a very nervous feeling, mainly because I wanted Meb and Kara to make the team so bad. I also had a feeling of excitement. Anytime I watch a marathon I get extremely motivated and determined. I don’t have a marathon planned yet, but it probably won’t be until spring 2017 or fall 2017, due to baby! I would love to run a marathon this fall, it just is not realistic for me since I’ll have a 3 month old. I hope to to definitely run a half-marathon within the year, as that is a bit more realistic!  I may run the Des Moines Half-Marathon this fall. I’ve never run the half there, mainly because I’ve always ran the full, but it’ll be a nice change for once!

Anyways, congrats to anyone who ran in the L.A. Marathon! The heat looked miserable!

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