betsy flood

elite Member Since: 2013

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born 3/24/1990
hometown des moines, iowa



What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/ racing/life?
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." – Philippians 4:11-13

Favorite post-race meal?

If I said a bison burger on a pretzel bun with goat cheese, avocado, caramelized onion, and sweet potato fries ... would that be too specific? Also, any type of Belgian brew is never neglected.

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
The Rogas! I’m hooked.

Do you have a training philosophy?

I used to be anal about getting everything in and living a strict lifestyle. Since then I have learned that the best way to train successfully is to be happy in all that you do. Success will follow.

What is your favorite place to run?
Wonderland Lake trail.

Why do you run?

I run because it helps me to feel alive. I can pour all my anxiety or joy or sadness into a run. It has been my greatest sense of joy as well as sorrow, but it has also taught me so much about life. I have met the best and closest people in my life through running. I hope that I can run forever in some capacity. I am thankful for the free gift that I am able to go out and use most every day and share with so many others.

What is your favorite workout?

I like to do broken 600s on the track. 400 at race pace followed by a 30 second rest and then an all-out 200.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
I love dinner parties with close friends!

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book they would be...

Away We Go and the Bible.

personal bests

800m 2:10
1500m 4:17
3000m 9:20
5000m 16:04




racing highlights

3x Second Team All-American
5x Big Ten Runner Up
4x Academic All Big Ten Athlete
5x Big Ten Runner Up
Iowa Sportsmanship Award Winner