Unlike many professional runners, Team NB’s Kim Conley refuses to limit herself to just one distance event. Instead, she embraces opportunities to train for and race new distances because to her, they’re a part of her goal of becoming the strongest athlete she can be.
Although she is one of the top U.S. 5,000m and 10,000m runner, Kim has impressive wheels when she drops down in distance, boasting a mile PB of 4:24.54. However, when she decided to bump up to the half marathon, she
chose to focus on the half marathon the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in 2015
On January 18th, she raced her first half marathon ever in Houston, Texas, at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships. Although she was a rookie at the distance, Kim relied on hard work and guile to best a field of decorated road runners. In the end, she crossed the finish line at 1:09:44, which averages to just under 5:20 per mile, capturing her first U.S. Half Marathon title.
A native track runner, Kim is known for her seeking out new races outside of her usual 5,000m and 10,000m distances, especially during the winter months. Boasting a mile PR of 4:24.54,
and a U.S. Half Marathon title, Kim has proved she can be lethal at any distance.
Kim shares what she learned with runners who are looking to take on 13.1 for the first time.