Sellers shocked the world by grabbing second female at the 2018 Boston Marathon—her second marathon ever—in what’s considered one of the harshest weather conditions the race has seen. After her incredible finish, everyone had the same question — who is Sarah Sellers? Having made a name for herself at Boston, she is now a well-known competitor in the New York City Marathon elite field.
“I’m still surprised to be considered an elite runner,” Sellers said. “NYC will be my third marathon and the elite field is insanely talented, filled with women who’ve competed much longer than I have. My goal isn’t necessarily to get a certain place. I’m aiming to get in the low 2:30’s and grab an Olympic trials ‘A’ standard finishing time.”
Seller’s debut marathon was the Huntsville Marathon in September 2017 where she won and qualified for Boston with a time of 2:44:27. Her Boston finish, despite the cold, rainy conditions was a 2:44:04. For NYC, Sellers has focused her training on shaving of at least 4 minutes and finishing under 2:37:00, which is the “A” standard for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials.
“Compared to Boston, my training has adapted,” Sellers said. “I was sick a few weeks after the race and had to take time off, so my New York training started off rocky. I had to slowly build up my mileage, and I’ve incorporated cross-training and lifting more this time around. I am feeling prepared and ready for a good race.”
As a full-time nurse anesthetist, Sellers regularly works 10-hour shifts and fits in her workouts at either 4am or 7pm. She runs six days a week, averaging 100 miles. Because she has incredibly busy training and working schedules, she says her top priority is to be healthy.
“Because I still work full time, I know I need limits on my training,” Sellers said. “If I only get fours hours of sleep, I know I should skip my morning run. But there’s also days where I need extra motivation to get up, so I treat myself to a pre-run piece of dark chocolate as something to look forward to in the morning. It’s all about balance and maintaining a healthy attitude toward your goals.”
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