7 Quick Questions With Bowerman Track Club Athlete Kate Grace, the RunBlogRun Interview

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image1.jpegColleen Quigley, Jeff Benjamin and Kate Grace, photo by Jeff Benjamin

This is one of the many interviews that Jeff Benjamin has done for us. Kate is one of ourr favorite athletes, who puts it all on the line when she races. We look forward to seeing her in 2020.

7 Quick Questions With Bowerman Track Club Athlete Kate Grace

By Jeff Benjamin

RunBlogRun, 1) How did you get into the Sport?

Kate Grace: "I played various team sports growing up, including rec soccer starting

at age 5. For my first year of high school our soccer coach had the

players run cross country meets in the fall as conditioning. At my

first race, the XC coach (who also coached track) saw me doing drills

and said he wanted me to come out for the track team. It took at least

a year until I fully embraced running (i kept trying to go back to

soccer ;). But i had the most incredible experience with my XC and

track teams in high school and haven't looked back since!"

RunBlogRun, 2) Did you consider yourself a slow or fast developer?

Kate Grace: "I showed talent potential early. I was winning league races almost

immediately and started going to state or national championships. But

I was slow developing in terms of training. It wasn't until after

college that I trained seriously year round. I believe that allowed me

to have a longer professional career."

RunBlogRun, 3) Most memorable Pre- Teenage/ Youth Race - if you were running during this time.

Kate Grace: "Not A runner at this time yet."

RunBlogRun, 4) Most memorable High School Race?

Kate Grace: "Cross country state championships my senior year, we won as a team and

I won individually. It felt like the perfect culmination of 4 years of

group work. We weren't necessarily the favorites but we worked hard

and kept improving.

Most memorable college race was probably a 4x800 or 4x400 at League

champs. I always loved running relays, there is more of a team

dynamic. I would run the anchor, and it's the best feeling in the

world when your teammates rely on you and you are able to pull

through, either winning the title, or at least coming from behind and

passing a few people."

RunBlogRun, 5) Your Most memorable Race as A Pro?

Kate Grace: "2016 Olympic Trials. It was a major moment for me, and my first Olympic team."

RunBlogRun, 6) How is it different being a pro athlete from a collegiate one?

Kate Grace: "As a pro you are fully accountable for your performance. The power

dynamic shifts, instead of the team or the coach coming first, you do.

That can be exciting, but also scary. It took me a few years to learn

that it was no use blaming anyone but myself if things weren't going

well. That I should be the one to address issues, and look for

solutions. It also means as an athlete it's important to hone in on

your motivation, what drives you. Because without some greater "why",

life as a pro can feel lonely or purposeless."

RunBlogRun, 7) What Training philosophy are you following & Who's Coaching You? Also - Any Shoutouts To your training partners/support staff?

Kate Grace: "Jerry Schumacher coaches me, I train with the Bowerman Track Club in

Nike. It's an incredible group of all-star runners and I feel lucky

to be a part of it! I have also trained under Frank Gagliano, Drew

Wartenburg and the Little Wing project in Bend."

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