Despite having yet to make an individual world team, 2016 is Katie Mackey’s year to shine. Consistent improvement at high profile races including a 2014 Silver Medal at the 2014 World Relays and a 2015 Diamond League win in Stockholm in the 3,000 meter run and a number of national and international accolades has made Katie a recognized athlete in races from 1,500-5,000 meters and an athlete to watch for at the upcoming trials.
Katie is gearing up for the 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials; the first round of that race is July 7.
Also be sure to cheer on Katie and her teammates as they #runhappytorio!
What are you feeling only a few weeks away from that race?
Like I have been preparing for the last eight years (ever since I first toed the line in the Olympic Trials while I was at University of Washington in 2008) and that I’m ready to make waves!
How are you dealing with the nerves? Do you have any tricks?
All the skills for “handling nerves” can be practiced day in and day out at practice, as well as every race opportunity. Managing distractions and emotions, being flexible and resilient, maintaining focus and staying in the present are skills that I have been practicing and getting better at over the course of my career, and they will help me stay calm and perform to the best of my ability.
What are you most looking forward to about racing at the trials?
The atmosphere and excitement at the Trials is hard to beat!
In what ways are your teammates helping you prepare?
I have been in Albuquerque, N.M. for the last four weeks training with my teammate Jess Tonn. I definitely would not have made it through some of the last few grueling workouts without her by my side! She’s tough, positive and has a great DJ list going during workouts.
Watching people who are among the best in the world at their craft is just fun and entertaining- from track to the NBA final. Plus, the more there is on the line, the more emotional and passionate the event. You can bet that everyone out there competing will really be digging to the absolute deepest level they can, and that’s inspiring.
What is your goal for the trials?
To make it to Rio for Team USA!
What do you like most about big competitions like this?
You can’t make diamonds without pressure. It brings the best out of everyone, myself included.