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).
Here’s an inside look at Allie’s before and after pacing experience.
1. So you're pacing the Olympic Games qualifier pace (2:29:30) at Houston? What is that pace per mile? How far will you be going?
Yes! I am pacing at 5:42/mile, planning to run 16-18 miles.
2. How is preparing to pace different than preparing to race? Are you more/less nervous?
Preparing to pace is very similar to preparing for a race. Even though I feel less nervous, there is a sense of responsibility, as well as a privilege, in being a part of someone else’s Olympic dream.
3. What are your personal goals for your pacing duties?
I’m personally coming off a tough year (2019), so I am excited to finally be lining up again! My goal for Sunday is to enhance the performances of those around me and to get in a fast long run in the lead up to the Olympic Trials.
4. How do you see this pacing fitting in to your prep for the Trials on Feb. 29th?
The Houston Marathon provides the perfect opportunity for me to practice fueling, race nerves, and the opportunity for a positive experience leading into the trials in a few weeks!