Julia Kohnen placed 10th at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta! An unsponsored athlete who works full time at the Panera Bread Corporate offices, Julia trains 100-110 mile weeks and keeps surprising herself in the marathon. The Olympic Trials was only her 5th marathon and she ran a 1.5 minute PR.
Perhaps the craziest part of this story is that Julia didn’t start competitively running until 5 years ago when she was pursuing her masters at the University of Southern Indiana and the Cross Country Coach encouraged her to join the team. Having played soccer for all four years of her undergrad she didn’t think she had eligibility, but since it was a different sport she was able to compete.
She ran her first marathon in 2:47 and has knocked that time down at each attempt to her now PR of 2:30:43. Fun fact- she also got engaged right after the race!
In this episode you will hear about her progression of running as well as race details from Atlanta. This woman has so much ahead of her in her career and I can’t wait to see what she does!!
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