This week’s NOVA Featured Runner is speedster Katie Kieran. Katie has been lighting the race circuit on fire this season, claiming first place finish after first place finish. A regular at the NOVA Tuesday Night Track sessions, Katie has been a welcome addition to our strong NOVA Women’s team. Congratulations Katie!
From Coach Jerry:
Katie is a superb talent, and she has benefitted enormously from training with NOVA these last 10 months. The low key atmosphere allowed her to progress at her own rate, and during that time she has transitioned from a new mom looking to return to competition to reclaiming her position as an elite athlete. It will be my pleasure to continue to work with Katie going forward, and I expect great things from her in the weeks and months to come.
1) What are your PRs (Mile, 5k, 10K, any others?)
3K (track): 9:27
5K (track): 16:46
2) Goal race(s) for this year? Other races planned?
I have a handful of 5K races planned for the fall leading up to XC Club Nationals in San Francisco. I do not have a specific time goal in mind other than continuing to bring down my 5K time on the roads. My 17:21 at the Clarendon 5K was a road PR, but I would like to run that time (or faster!) on a flat course.
3) How did you find NOVA, and what do you like best about the team?
I found NOVA doing a Google search. I liked that the practices were nearby and that Jerry had significant coaching experience.
I like the camaraderie of the team. Everyone is easy to talk with and you quickly feel like you are part of the NOVA family. I will miss my teammates dearly, but hope to see them at races.
4) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from Coach Jerry?
Patience. Whether it is dealing with an injury or running a sub-par race, Jerry stresses patience. He focuses on the long-term, so he encourages me to take care of myself with rest and recovery if nagging pains arise. Also, fitness does not come over night. Jerry says the results/times will come if I am patient and consistent by allowing my body to gain speed and endurance from workouts.
5) What non-running fitness related (or other) activities do you enjoy?
I love to ski, do yoga, read, travel and have fun with my family. I have been spending the last 19 months at home with my daughter and it has been so rewarding and fun to watch her grow.