The last time Gwen Jorgensen was on the world stage, she had just finished her first “serious attempt” at a 26.2-title during the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. After coming in 11th in the women’s open division in 2:36:23, the former triathlete seemed defeated and had many wondering if she was really ready to take on the world’s best women’s distance runners.
After some time out of the spotlight, Jorgensen is back with a look at her 2018 highs and lows, starting with the Husky Classic in February where she clocked in at 15:15.64 in the 5000m.
From training with Olympian Shalane Flanagan ahead of Flanagan’s appearance at the 2018 Boston Marathon to competing in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May with a fourth-place finish (1:10:58), training at altitude for the USATF 10K Championships and finally, skipping Mammoth ahead of her Chicago Marathon build-up per coach Jerry Schumacher’s urging—Jorgensen shares her thoughts on her races and what she was feeling and thinking going into each.
With a final note about her Chicago performance, the 32-year-old doesn’t look like she’ll be slowing down any time soon. “Unfortunately, the race didn’t go to plan. There were a few things that didn’t really pan out and have made me really excited to do a spring marathon coming up.”
Although her name wasn’t on the roster for this year’s Boston Marathon (announced last December), there’s a big chance we may see her toeing the line with the rest of the women’s elite field come April.