Monday, February 15, 2016

Laura Thweatt Sets 3K PR in Season Opener

Laura Thweatt en route to a 3,000-meter PR at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 14, 2016. Photo by Victor Sailer/PhotoRun.

In her first race since her marathon debut in November, Laura Thweatt ran 8:57.11 to take third in the 3,000-meter race at Sunday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. The time was a personal best for Laura and bodes well for her track plans in this Olympic year.

Even after Laura nailed her first marathon, finishing seventh at New York City in 2:28:23, she and her coach, Lee Troop, said she wouldn’t run the Olympic Marathon Trials. As Troop explained it, focusing on the track in 2016, and trying to make the Olympic team on the oval, will better serve Laura’s long-term prospects, including when she becomes a frequent marathoner.

So on a weekend when the rest of America’s healthy sub-2:30 women were racing 26.2 miles on the streets of Los Angeles, Laura was racing 15 laps inside the Reggie Lewis Center. Nearly outkicking Abbey D’Agostino, she certainly didn’t look like someone who’d lost her track-running legs to the marathon.

Next up: Laura will run the 5,000 at Saturday’s Millrose Games in New York City.

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