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Five Minutes with Senior Carly Irvine

(L-R) Seniors Carly Irvine and Veronica Sandoval laugh about their favorite memories running together throughout high school. Photo: Genna Schwarz

Knightly News: Hey, Carly!

Carly Irvine: Hey!

KN: How are you doing today?

CI: I’m just great. Thanks for asking.

KN: So, everyone at Pace knows you are a great athlete and runner. How long have you been a part of the cross country team?

CI: I’ve been on it for all four years of high school.

KN: Have you enjoyed it?

CI: I love it so much! It’s like a second family and we spend so many hours together running and just talking to one another. I’m glad I joined freshman year and I’m sad it’s over.

KN: I hear you are doing something pretty interesting after school today. In fact, I hear you have been doing it a lot lately.

CI: Are you talking about my training?

KN: Of course I am. What are you training for?

CI: I’m running in my first marathon on March 17, in Atlanta.

KN: That’s very impressive! How long have you been training?

CI: It’s been about three months now. I can’t believe I’ve lasted this long.

KN: What do you usually do on a typical day to prepare for the marathon?

CI: It varies every day, but currently I’m running about 40 miles a week and I hope to progressively run more as I approach the actual marathon.

KN: Forty miles! That’s sounds very boring. Why have you chosen to train so hard for such a treacherous event?

CI: I’m definitely not doing it because I think running 26 miles sounds like a fun time. It will be tough and it will be pretty miserable during those last couple miles. The main reason I’m doing it is because I’m following the motto, “why not?” Why wouldn’t I do it? I’m capable and it would be a huge milestone in my life. Finishing the marathon would be satisfying, rewarding and forever memorable.

KN: Do you have a certain time you are trying to finish by?

CI: Honestly, I’ll just be really excited to finish. As long as I try my hardest, I will be happy with the results, no matter how fast.

KN: Where have you been running the past three months?

CI: I run along the Chattahoochee River, mostly.

KN: Why there?

CI: It’s not only beautiful, but it’s quiet, private and I can run a long distance on a safe path, unlike the streets around my house.

KN: Are you going to pursue running at the University of Colorado Boulder?

CI: I’m going to run a couple times a week because I love it, but I’m not going to join any official teams.

KN: Will this be the only time you ever run a marathon?

CI: I mean, we will have to see how it goes first, don’t we? I’m hoping to run more in the future and improve my time. Research says you shouldn’t run and train for a bunch of consecutive marathons in just one or two years, so I’m guessing it will be a little while until I start training for the next one. The first one will be a unique experience.

KN: That makes sense. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the marathon or just your life in general?

CI: There’s really nothing else, except I’m really excited!

KN: OK! Thanks for chatting with me.

CI: Thank you for listening.


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