Marathoner Allie Kieffer was excited to be at the start line of a marathon again, but this one had a twist! Instead of focusing on her race and pacing, Allie's purpose was to help other women get the Olympic Games standard of 2:29:30. (Although top 3 placing in the US Marathon Trials guarantees an Olympic Games spot, many other countries' runners need to get the Olympic Standard to be ensured they get to compete).
Everyone’s season starts and stops at a different point in the year, and for me the buildup always begins in the fall. I love fall. And I love fall/winter training; the style of workouts, the crispness in the air, the process of setting new goals, feeling reinvigorated from the post track season break, and the eagerness that comes with it all. But it’s important to keep the eagerness in check, and it helps me to follow these important rules as I ease back into my training.