Karolyn Bowley is USATF-NE December 2019 Athlete of the Month

1/8/2020
 
After setting a US National Masters Age Group record during the month, Karolyn Bowley (Boston Athletic Association / Middletown RI) is the USATF-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for December 2019.  Karolyn earns this award for her excellent performance at the Boston University Mini Meet #3 on December 28 where she ran 3000 meters in 10:11.03, breaking the former record for women age 50-54 by almost 2 seconds.  This is her second W50 American record, having broken the outdoor 1500 meters mark with a time of 4:47.71 while competing in the USATF-NE Outdoor Championships last July.
 
USATF-New England spoke with Karolyn about her performances.
 
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USATF-NE:  Congratulations on setting another American record! 
KB: Thank you so much for the recognition!  I am truly honored!
 
What does it mean to you to have set both the 3k and 1500 W50 American records?
KB: Setting the American record for the 3K and 1500 has made me feel a sense of "accomplishment"!  I never imagined at age 50 I would be breaking records. All those early morning runs and hard workouts have made it worth it!
 
How have you matched your training to meet your needs?
KB: As far as training, My AMAZING coaches have tailored my training to meet my racing goals.  Depending on the race, we've adjusted the mileage and workouts accordingly.  I have been a bit all over the place with my training.  This past year I have trained for a 1500m track race up to a marathon and just about every distance in between.  They have been a tremendous support throughout my training. 
 
Anyone you would like to thank?
KB:  A HUGE thank you to my coaches Bob Rothenberg and Jon Barnes.  Without them, this would never have been possible.  I have learned so much from them.   AND thank you to the B.A.A. for their support. 
 
What’s next for you?
KB: Next for me is the Master's Mile at the New Balance Grand Prix meet on January 25.  We'll see what happens there!