28 Apr '17, 8pm

Katie Mackey Wins First National Title After Nearly Quitting the Sport

“That’s where I made the move. And then I got the lead and I couldn’t see anybody in my peripheral vision anymore,” Mackey said, during a phone interview with Runner’s World on Thursday. “I got a huge surge of adrenaline. I thought, ‘This is happening. I’m doing this. Nobody is passing me.’” When she crossed the line in 4:37.00 with the win, it wasn’t just any first-place finish for the 29-year-old member of the Brooks Beasts middle distance team, based in Seattle and coached by her husband, Danny Mackey. It was her first national title and some validation that she had made the right decision to continue on with her running career. Mackey had given serious thought to retirement after the 2016 Olympic Trials ended in disappointment—she finished sixth in the 5,000 meters, which was a result she described as “crushing.” On Tuesday she lined up against a strong field, includin...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/katie-mackey-wi...

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