Laura Thweatt’s name reached the mainstream national stage last November as the first woman to cross the finish line in her marathon debut at the New York City Marathon. But instead of heading to the Olympic Marathon Trials last week in Los Angeles as many had anticipated, she and coach Lee Troop set sights on making the team for Rio in the 5k or 10k on the track. To sharpen up for the trials this summer in Eugene, Laura is now on a three week tour including some of the biggest and most prestigious east coast indoor track meets. Her first stop was the New Balance Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston where she tore up the track running a new 3k meter PR of 8:57.11 for 3rd place. (Watch the video on USATF.tv)
This Sunday she was at the prestigious NYRR Millrose Games in New York City competing in the 5k and ran 15:35 for 7th.
Coach Lee Troop commented on this performance:
It was a solid run, but certainly not what we were hoping for. She never felt great and it became a grind. They say some days you’re the hammer or some days you’re the nail, and today we were the nail. It does happen to us occasionally and we take the positives that come from it and move onto the next race.
— Laura Thweatt (@thweatt11) February 20, 2016
That next race will be the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico next Saturday before returning home and heading back to Boulder for her next training block.