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Mary Kate Beyer knows running inside and out

February 11, 2011

“The Courier” recently spoke with senior distance runner, Mary Kate Beyer to discuss how she stays motivated, what she enjoys most about her sport as well as what her plans are once she graduates.

Donnelly: How long have you been participating in track?

Beyer: I have been running competitively since I was in fifth grade, but I have been participating in track since I was in sixth grade. I quit running track my sophomore and junior year of high school to play soccer though.

Donnelly: What is your favorite thing about your sport?

Beyer: My favorite thing about track is the team atmosphere. I would not be where I am today without the help of every single one of my teammates throughout my years of experience. Whether it was in practice or if it was during a competition, there is always someone watching you, cheering you on to do better then what you did the month, week or day before. My coaches are another favorite. They are intelligent about all aspects of the sport and they are always trying to learn more and more about how to improve the team.

Donnelly: What is your least favorite aspect of track?

Beyer: My least favorite would definitely have to be watching people go through injuries. There is no worse feeling than being injured or not being able to compete due to an injury. But, I know from personal experience that rising above an injury creates more motivation to go out and do your best and do all the right things for your body, so you don’t have to go through the agony of sitting on the sidelines again.

Donnelly: How much do you train in season/out of season?

Beyer: I train every month out of the year. I’m a cross country runner in the fall and a track athlete in the spring. There is no time to waste in my eyes by taking whole months off at a time. Building mileage is the key to any distance runner.

Donnelly: What gets you motivated before competing?

Beyer: One thing that gets me motivated before competition is realizing how I’m not as good as I want to be. I don’t think that I will ever be as good as I want to be but I’ll definitely keep striving for that perfection. That’s one thing about being an athlete, the ceiling always rises for perfection. You hit the ceiling of expectation, and it keeps rising. Also, a huge motivator for me is my family and friends. I want to show them all the hard work that I put in 12 months out of the year. I was All-American in cross country this year, but I’m not satisfied with my outcome, and I want to do greater things the rest of my time competing as a Monmouth College athlete.

Donnelly: Are there things you do to train outside of just running?

Beyer: I love to be outdoors and go camping and canoeing. I’m a physical education major, so being active is a huge part of my life so I’m constantly doing something that keeps me active. I really want to start rock climbing or something cool like that.

Donnelly: What are your personal goals and have you achieved them?

Beyer: My personal goal was to become a cross country All-American athlete, and I achieved that. I want to qualify for indoor nationals this year for the 5k and I want to become an All-American Steeplechase runner in the outdoor season. I haven’t made it to any national meets for track yet and I’m really hoping that I fulfill that in March.

Donnelly: Do you have any future plans to continue running after college?

Beyer: My future for running is unplanned at this point in my life. I know that I want to keep competing as a runner after graduation so we’ll see where the road takes me.

BY JACK DONNELLY
Contributing Writer

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