Neely Spence Gracey has had running in her blood since the day she was born, and she’s definitely starting to come into her own.
Neely may have been born to be a runner on the big stage, but since leaving college and turning pro things haven’t always been smooth sailing. Solid training periods with good race results were too often followed by injuries and long periods of recovery, and that cycle repeated itself a few times.
But she stuck with the sport, even during the lowest of the low times, but she’s put together a good stretch of being injury free and (hopefully) she’s kicked the injury bug for good!
We really had a great chat, and I know you’re going to enjoy it. Here are some of the highlights from our run:
- Feeling ready to stretch her legs in the longer distances by getting off the track
- Being born into a real running family
- Some of the highlights of her college track days, highlighted by the Distance Medley Relay
- Injuries she’s gone through and lessons learned along the way
- The thrill of running for Team USA and a great race at the World XC Championships
- Focusing on the US Olympic Trials for the marathon
- The decision process to run her debut marathon at the trials
- A day in the life of a pro runner
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