maria michta-coffey

Farmingville, NY

haute volée Since: 2015

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born 06/23/1986
hometown farmingville, new york




What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
"Life is a journey not a destination."

Favorite post-race meal? 
It's usually a little rough for my stomach after racing (think crawled up in the fetal position for a few hours) but once the hunger of not eating in 12+ hours plus the tax of a hard 20k sets in I am ready to devour everything. The IHOP breakfast sampler with an additional side of blueberry pancakes can do the trick. If no IHOP is around anything with lots of carbs and some protein.
What is your must-have piece of running gear?
Polar M400 watch and a heart rate monitor.

Do you have a training philosophy?
Train smart, race fast. - Coach Tim Seaman

What is your favorite place to run?
Central Park
Why do you race walk?
I walk because it allows me to clear my head; it dissolves away my stress; it makes me feel free, strong and powerful; it is my ticket around the world; it allows me to inspire the next generation; and I walk because I am a race walker and when you walk fast enough anything is possible!

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
Swimming for cross training, kayaking for pleasure on my off weeks.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book they would be…
Love and Basketball and an online subscription to the Journal Science to keep up on what's happening while I was stranded in my hotel room!

personal bests

5k RW 21:51.0
10k RW 44:09
15k RW 1:07:51
20k RW 1:30:49
25k RW 2:03:34
30k RW 2:29:18 (AR)


racing highlights

2016 Olympian Track and Field 20k Race Walk
2012 Olympian Track and Field 20k Race Walk
2006-2016 All American 20k Race Walk
2003, 2006, 2010-present All American 3000m Race Walk
2006 ESPN CoSIDA Academic All American

photo cred: Jeff Salvage