Emma Bates – Doing the Dance With It

Carrie chats with Emma Bates in front of a live crowd at TC Running! They talk about her second-place finish at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which cities hold significance in her life, the importance of word cues in racing, goals for the upcoming season, and much more!

Recorded January 8, 2022

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Emma Bates

Bates, a 12-time All-American at Boise State and the 2014 NCAA 10,000m champion, is an exciting athlete to return to Chicago. She broke 2:30 in her marathon debut, finishing in 2:28:19 while also capturing her first U.S. title. She ran her marathon debut by instinct, hitting the half in 1:13 and then slowing slightly over the second half. After the race, she said, “My legs were fine, but I overdid it with fluid intake and started having trouble keeping everything down, so I eased off the 2:26 pace I was running to deal with that. It’s exciting because I know I can run a faster marathon just by fixing that.” And fix it, she did. Bates ran 2:25:27 in her first appearance in Chicago in 2019, and she narrowly missed making the U.S. Olympic marathon team in 2020, finishing seventh on a grueling course in Atlanta. Bates followed that marathon with a PR in the half marathon, and then another strong showing in the marathon at The Marathon Project, finishing fourth in 2:25:40.

Bates’ 2021 season has consisted of a mixture of the roads and the track. Most recently, she finished seventh at the Falmouth Road Race 7-mile in 38:50.

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