Welcome to episode 28 of the Final Surge podcast where today we talk to Olympian Kim Conley who made her marathon debut this past fall. We talk about her epic Olympic Trial 5k race in 2012, her incident she had in the 10k trials this year and we discuss her making the jump to a marathon this fall. Two weeks ago we had a conversation with Olympian Nick Willis and we are giving away two free boot camps to his Miler Method. The two winning entries from iTunes are MilebyMile and DAllen. Email me Dean@Finalsurge.com or hit us up on Twitter @finalsurge and we will get you hooked up.
Kim we always like to start out getting to know a little bit about our guests, can you tell our listeners how you got started in running?
So you started early in 6th grade, when was the point that you realized you were pretty good at this running thing and may have a future in it?
At what point did you start looking at colleges and what lead you to to UC Davis?
When you were running in school what were your plans, was running something to help get you through school or did you have aspirations of running post-collegiately.
Probably my favorite race of yours was the 2012 Olympic Trials. For those who don’t know the story let me set it for you. You did not have an A standard going into the trials. And you needed the A to get to the Olympics. Julia Lucas had pushed the pace and you kept it so the A standard was within Reach. Coming into the last lap it was still in question if you would be top 3 and if you would get the A standard. Can you walk us through the last lap of that race?
At this year’s Trials, you were one of the favorites to make the team in both the 10k and the 5k. You did make the team in the 5k, but in the 10k it was not the results you wanted when you lost a shoe in the race. Can you tell us what happened there and what went through your mind when you were deciding to continue or not?
If you had made it what would you have done, both or which?
You mentioned the US distance women are really deep, we can see that with the difference between 12 and this year with the A standards. What do you think are the big differences right now in women’s distance?
Do you think women are training differently or do you think it is more of the groups pushing each other?
You had a couple of 15:10’s this year before the Olympics, were you happy with the race at the Olympics or is there anything you would have changed?
Do you think the struggle was something you did leading up to the race or just bad races happen?
You made your marathon debut in New York this last fall, and you were coming off the Olympics where you had been training for the 5k. So how did the training have to change in the short time between Rio and NY?
Did you know you would be doing NY before Rio?
What type of difference were there in volume you did for your 5k work vs. your marathon training?
What were your goals going into the race, how did you think it was going to go?
So you have a marathon under your belt now. What do you think, you have a lot more marathons in your future?
So when will the next marathon be fall 2017 or likely 18?
What did you do well, that you would do again and what would you change in training?
How about the race itself, What if anything would you have done differently?
What did you do about fueling during the race?
What was your diet like leading up to the race?
For an adult age group runner who maybe has run a lot of 5 and 10k’s, what advice would you have for them on making their marathon debut?
2017 is here, we are one week into the new year. What are your goals for this year?
What does a typical week this time of year look like for you?
Rapid Fire... 5 questions in under 1 minute
Favorite running book? - Wishing on My Fathers Star
Current trainers you are wearing? - New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo
Favorite race? - 5k on the road
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Hamburger
Your favorite piece of running equipment that is not your shoes? - Final Surge log