Hello from Doha!

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.

 Emily Pritt, Carrie Dimoff, Courtney, and Julie Webb at 2017 USATF XC Championships in Bend, Oregon.

Emily Pritt, Carrie Dimoff, Courtney, and Julie Webb at 2017 USATF XC Championships in Bend, Oregon.

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! 

-Courtney