Neely Spence Gracey's motto is "Get Running!"— which has successfully driven her to reach her goals as a top Div II runner and now professional Olympic hopeful. Neely was an 8 X Divison II National Champion while competing for Shippensburg University, and has secured her spot at the Olympic Trials next year with her half marathon time of 1:12:38 this February. She recently moved to Boulder, CO, so we see her running a lot and can assure you, she's the real deal. She competes on the roads, the cross country course + the track, and holds personal bests from 15:25 in the 5k to 1:11:25 in the Half Marathon. Her favorite workout is the long run—
What is your favorite motivational quote?"So bid me run and I will strive for things impossible." Shakespeare
What is your favorite hard workout?Long runs!!! I love the feeling of completing a long run. There is no satisfaction quite like it.
Neely recently signed with a new sponsor, Adidas.
What do you feel it benefits?The mental and physical strength that is gained during a long run seems to not always get the credit it deserves. I feel like this is where my confidence grows and helps me feel ready on race day.
When do you like it?The first half is the mental strength of still having a long way to go. The second half is where it physically becomes more tiring. And the after effect is a huge smile of satisfaction and the glow of the long run sticks with me all day.
World Cross Country Championships 2013 in a cold, muddy, and fun course in Bydgoszck, Poland.