Episode 317: Makena Morley- 10k Olympic Trials Training, 31:25 10k PR at the Sound Running Track Meet

Makena Morley recently ran her 10k PR in 31:25 which was a one minute PR and just off the Olympic standard by 0.20 seconds! With that time she did qualify for the Olympic Trials so she will be competing there! 

She was a 7 time All-American at Colorado and while she was there she ran the 10k school record which was 32:28. She was 2nd to Sara Hall at the 2019 USATF 10 mile championships, only 6 seconds behind her. She also recently ran at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville where she was 4th.

Makena runs for Asics and has a huge career ahead of her. Add her to your list of people to cheer for in the 10k at the trials in June!

What we talked about:

5:05- How Makena got into distance running

6:45- Her upbringing and growing up in Maui, Hawaii

10:35- Getting COVID and her recovery from it

15:00- Running at an elite level with asthma

20:20- Going into the Sound Running 10k race with the confidence to run the Olympic Standard

23:50- Her decision to run for Asics 

27:20- Plans to run the marathon eventually

29:35- When she realized she had potential to run at a higher level in college and professionally

31:30- Starting at the University of Montana and transferring to the University of Colorado

34:20- Graduating from Colorado and signing pro with Asics

36:10- Her boyfriend and his running career

32:20- Her race at the Sound Running 10k

41:20- Plans for the Olympic Trials

46:30- Her strengths in racing

48:25- Her mentality to stay strong when the race gets hard

51:10- Training with Grayson Murphy

55:50- End of podcast questions

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