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Angie Turner On Trial.

Angie Turner tells ECo about her experience at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

ECo: Qualifying to run at the Olympic Trials is an accomplishment beyond what many athletes can even dream to achieve, so first, congrats! How did you prepare yourself for such an elite race?

Angie: A lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.  It's like having a part time job.  I was fortunate because the job I had while training for the trials was flexible with regards to hours and allowed me to find time in which to get my workouts completed. 

My job also had many physical aspects which were actually beneficial as a type of cross training. For elite athletes, you not only have to be disciplined with your work out regimen but with your diet as well and that can be equally challenging when it is Corwin tailgate season. Competing at that level takes a lot of focus and an eye-on-the-prize mentality.

ECo: How did battling with an injury play into your preparations?

Angie: It made it bitter sweet. On the one hand I didn't want to miss out and not be able to experience the whole event, which for me meant finishing the task I set out to do. But on the other hand, I was able to just go and enjoy the experience without being nervous about my performance. I got to sit back and breathe and take it all in. Being injured definitely makes an athlete appreciate being healthy. It will ultimately make me stronger, hopefully, because on days when I am not really wanting to work out I will remember when I wasn't able to and I will be happy for the ability to run.

ECo: Was this your first time witnessing such elite runners?  

Angie: Absolutely! By far. The only other time I have run with a world-class marathoner was when I finished right behind Joan Benoit Samuelson at the Austin half-marathon. It was so surreal seeing the faces of Shalane, Desi, Kara, and Amy on advertisements for Nike and Brooks before the day of the race and then seeing them in person competing in a race in which I was competing as well. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I was even close to those runners with regards to my level of ability. An added bonus happened during warm ups when I looked over and was jogging next to Deena Castor who I have admired as a runner for quite some time.

ECo: What was the highlight of your Olympic weekend?

Angie: There was a moment during the 5k that I ran when I was in the front cluster of the elite runners. I just can’t put into words what that felt like. Seeing the back of the bibs that said, "Olympic Trials" was crazy, and again, a very surreal feeling. After the race was over, I was able to attend a luncheon where all of the 6 members of the newly formed Olympic marathoners spoke about their races that day. Also in attendance at that banquet were Ms. Samuelson, (who corrected me and told me to call her Joan), Frank Shorter, a legend in the running world, and too many others to list. So even though I didn't get to complete the marathon I still was able to have one of the most amazing experiences of my racing career because I was able to achieve my goal of qualifying for the trials.  

ECo: What do you hope to take from this experience into your future training and competitions?

Angie: I am hoping I can get healthy enough to run and compete this year. I am glad I had the chance to have the experience but ultimately there was a level of disappointment that I couldn't compete and see how well I could do against the best in the country. Ultimately, for me, I would like to work towards finding my way back to Houston in 2016.

ECo: And lastly, we know you are sometimes quiet about your goals, but is there anything you can share about what you and Joe are working on now?

Angie: [Smiling and hesitating...] I qualified to run in the Boston Marathon for 2012 but sadly, because of my injury, won't be able to realize that dream this year.  Instead we are going to work on my half-marathon times, which in the big picture will help my marathon performances.  


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