Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Courtney Frerichs: 5 Things That Are Different Now That I’m a Pro

What a difference a year makes! At this time last year I was a student-athlete at the University of New Mexico, thinking about grades and winter break as much as training and racing. Now I’m a full-time professional runner in Portland, Oregon. Here are five ways my life is different these days.—Courtney Frerichs

1. I’ll start with the most obvious one: no more school! After having been in school since age 5 and being a student-athlete in the NCAA for the last five years, I can finally say I am done with classes! (Well, at least for a few years.) I have so much more free time now, which has definitely been a change. I’m still looking for a good hobby to fill my time when I’m not running.

2. New city! Making the move to Portland was a big one for me. My first four years of college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, I was a short drive away from home. I moved a little farther away for my fifth year, but the University of New Mexico was still a one-day drive home if needed. While I miss my family a lot, I have enjoyed exploring my new city, and really enjoy what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. It definitely doesn’t hurt that Portland is known for coffee shops. I have enjoyed seeing new parts of the city while trying new coffee shops.

3. The professional schedule is quite a bit different. In college, my big competition seasons were the fall and the spring. Now, the main racing season is during the summer, with the long base training phase in the fall. This last fall I found myself very antsy because I was so used to racing during this time. I’m definitely looking forward to 2017 coming because that means indoor and cross country racing will finally be here!

4. Altitude trips! In college, I spent my first four years training full-time at sea level, and then my fifth year entirely at altitude. While I found the year at altitude to be very beneficial, I am excited to have specifically timed altitude trips, because always being at altitude did get difficult mentally sometimes, because you can’t run some of your workouts as fast. Team altitude trips are also a blast and the benefits from training are great.

5. New team and coach! One of the biggest changes so far has been changing coaches and teams. It has been one of the most exciting changes! As soon as I visited with Jerry Schumacher, Pascal Dobert and the BTC Babes, I knew it was where I wanted to continue my career. Change can be difficult and training has been hard, but I am loving every second of it. I feel so lucky to be working with the best group I could ask for!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Colleen Quigley 1st, Sammy Silva 3rd at Club Cross

Supporting the adage that good steeplechasers make good cross country runners, Olympic steepler Colleen Quigley topped a strong field to win the USATF Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida. Her Bowerman Track Club teammate Sammy Silva finished third, helping the BTC squad take third in the team standings.

Colleen and Sammy were part of a seven-women pack who were still together 5 kilometers into the 6K race. Colleen closed the best, running a final kilometer of 3:04 to win in 19:31. Sammy was 5 seconds back, in the same time, 19:36, as second-place finisher Sarah Pagano of the Boston Athletic Association.

Full results are here.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Colleen Quigley Wants You to Do Your Push-Ups

Want to win some Nike swag? Then drop and give Colleen Quigley 20!

Colleen is challenging fans to post on Instagram a video of themselves doing at least 20 push-ups. If you tag Colleen (@steeple_squigs) and post your video by December 18, you’ll be eligible to win Nike gear, via a random drawing.

Full details on Colleen’s site.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Colleen Quigley Launches Website

Colleen Quigley, who will represent the United States in the steeplechase later this month at the Olympics, has launched a personal site, The site includes stats, stories and updates from Colleen, as well as photos from her athletic and modeling careers.

“My website is a place where fans can go to learn a little more about me and how I got to where I am today,” Colleen says. “I hope that it answers some of the basic questions and gives people an insight into my journey. It is not a blog, but you will be able to find some updates as my season and career develops.

“I created the whole website and had fun creating a place where anyone who is interested in my story can go to learn more about what makes me Colleen,” she says. “Fans can expect pictures and some short articles I’ve written that show my personality and my take on running. It also highlights the influential people in my life who have helped me reach my goals along the way. Thank you to anyone checking it out!”

Colleen finished third at the Olympic Trials last month in a personal best of 9:21.29, a time that moved her to fourth on the all-time U.S. list. She and her Bowerman Track Club Courtney Frerichs teammate will run their first Olympics round on Saturday, August 13.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Amy Cragg Wins Olympic Marathon Trials, Shalane Third

Training partners Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan ran together through the first 23 miles of the Olympic Marathon Trials en route to Amy winning and Shalane placing third on a hot day in Los Angeles.

Amy’s winning time was 2:28:20. Struggling in the heat, Shalane was passed by Desiree Linden in the 26th mile and finished in 2:29:19.

With their finishes, Amy made her second and Shalane her fourth Olympic team.

Sean Quigley ran strongly over the final miles to move up to 10th place in 2:15:52, an improvement over his 16th-place finish at the trials in Houston four years ago.

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