Episode 458: Erika Kemp – Debuting at the Boston Marathon

Erika Kemp is making her debut at the Boston Marathon! Erika was first on the show on episode 298 in January 2021. At that time, she was training for the Olympic Standard while training with the BAA. She recently announced that she sponsored by Brooks. 

Erika is queen of the roads. She won the USA 20k champs in 2021 and she won the USA 15k champs in 2019 and placed 2nd at the USATF 5k road champs in 2018 and 2022. She was also 2nd in the 25k champs in 2021.

She is now being coached by Kurt Benninger who is Molly Huddle’s husband.

I am so excited to see what she does in Boston!

What we talked about:

3:40- Signing with Brooks

6:20- Deciding to debut in the marathon

9:15- Advice that she has gotten about the Boston Marathon from marathon legends

10:50- working on her mentality for the marathon

11:45- Transitioning to being coached by Kurt Benninger, Molly Huddle’s husband

14:30- Her race at the Houston Half

16:40- The Boston Marathon course

25:05- Thoughts going into the Boston Marathon race

31:00- What she’ll take away from her experience training with the BAA

40:00- NC State

47:00- Thoughts on the 2024 Olympic Trials

48:25- Wrap-up

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