Meet the Athlete: Kelly Crawford

Name: Kelly D Crawford

Age: 56

Hometown: Harlan, Iowa

Current residence: Gretna, NE

Occupation/Degree you are working towards: Construction Engineering Consultant

High School/College (major/minor) B S Engineering University of Nebraska

What is your running background? High School Cross Country Track o Cross Country (2 mile) 9:45 o Track Mile 4:22 Track 2 mile 9:23 Track 800 Meters 1:58 College 10k 31:53 College 800m 1:51

Favorite distance to run? Half Marathon 1:19:17 at age 53

What are your future running goals? At my age…..keep running

I can’t run without…? no limitations

Do you do anything to stay injury free? lots of plyometrics

Do you have a favorite running book/podcast /movie/athlete? Running with the Buffalos

What is your favorite race you have competed in? Boston Marathon

What is your number one bucket list race you would like to do in the future? Already did them. Just to be able to run until I am 80

Do you have any advice to other runners? too much to say! lol

What are your PRs? list above

How long have you been an LRC-Nebraska member? 2011

What excites you the most about being an LRC-Nebraska athlete? get to know the new runners and a united community of runners

What does a typical training week look like for you? Walk us through your daily routine (training related and otherwise): Stretch of Quads, Calfs and Hamstrings, Plyometrics to prevent planter fasciitis, Foam Roller and resistance bands. Run 12-15 one day followed by a 6+ mile the next day. Each day of the week but take one day off each week

We all approach training and racing differently, so tell us what your short-term and long-term goals are with running: Half Marathon in Florida in Feb o long term, keep running

Where are your 3 favorite places to do long runs at the moment? MoPac, Fishery, Colorado

Share a crazy training or racing story, or simply an interesting moment in time: 2014 ended up running with Bridget Easley in the Lincoln Half. She was second to Ashley Miller at the 9 mile mark. When we turned onto 10th street, she said. “I have to get her”. I said, “let’s go”. Each mile we were closing on Ashley (both were running for Team Nebraska at the time. We make the “hair pin” turn next to the stadium and the distance was 20 meters. She caught Ashley immediately before we entered the stadium. I dropped back to watch as Bridget passed her and entered the stadium. I passed Ashley and gave her encouragement as I rushed up to Bridget. I didn’t want to get too close because I didn’t want her to think I was Ashley making a comeback. Therefore, I stayed a couple meters back to watch Bridget finish. We both clocked at 1:19:17. She was the overall winner of the open women and I was the overall master’s winner. I have photo to proved it! lol

What book are you currently reading or TV show are you binge watching? Curse of Oak Island

You’re the star of a running movie, and the opening scene is you running on a winding dirt road, with a beautiful sunrise. What song is playing in the background? “Imagine”

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