First of all, welcome to my brand new website! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful husband, who spent hours building this for me. I am excited to share my journey as a professional runner with you guys.
I am currently in Doha for my very first Diamond League meet! This will be my first steeple and track race of the year and first since Rio. I am so excited to get back out there and for the season to officially begin.
A lot has happened in the last eight months since Rio. Griffin and I officially moved to Portland, OR, which has definitely been an adjustment. We really like the city, but it’s definitely taken some time to get used to the rain.
I switched coaches and training programs. After finishing my NCAA eligibility, my college coach, Coach Butler, and I both agreed that I needed to try something new and really test the waters with professional running. My new coaches, Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert, have been awesome and I know are going to help me get to the level I want to be at. The transition hasn’t always been easy, but my amazing teammates have really helped me a long, and I know that growth doesn’t come without some growing pains.
Griffin and I got married at the end of the year! It was such a fantastic way to end the year, surrounded by family and friends. We took a short honeymoon to Turks and Caicos before I headed to altitude camp with my Bowerman Babes in Flagstaff, AZ.
I raced the USA Cross Country Championships in Bend, OR in February, and finished fourth in my first ever 10k. I qualified for the World Cross Country team, but declined the spot because I wanted to focus my attention to outdoor track.
Since then, I have been training harder than ever with my teammates to get ready for my first outdoor season as a professional! I am really excited about my opportunity to race in such a great field on Friday at the Doha Diamond League along with my teammate, Colleen Quigley. It will be a great test to see where my fitness is at. It’s going to be a hot one, but an exciting one for sure! Don’t forget to tune in and cheer for the blondes in red!