Episode 111: Neely Spence Gracey
Neely is an American Distance Runner, running Professionally for Adidas. She’s had a thing for the 5K most of her running career, but in the past few years has taken up the marathon! She’s competed two times in at the IAAF World Championships in the 5K for team USA, placing 13th in 2013. In 2016 she debuted her first marathon coming off an injury that cost her running in the Olympic Marathon Trials. (which she also missed in 2012 due to injury/illness) So with a short training cycle, she completed the race as the top American in Boston with a time of 2:35. Just 7 months later she shaved 5 seconds off that time with a time of 2:34:55 at the NYC Marathon. She has had plenty of hiccups on the road injury wise and also has has battled Lyme Disease. Her resilience is contagious. And brief side note here – the girl was born to run, she was actually born while her Dad (an accomplished runner himself) was running the Boston Marathon.
Neely is expecting her first child (a boy!) and we had a lot of fun talking about that experience and the decision she made to start a family smack dab in the middle of her marathoning career. She’s got big dreams for post pregnancy racing. She is only 27, so has a lot of years of marathoning ahead of her! She is also a running coach (Get Running) and lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and their dog – patiently awaiting baby boy in August!
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