Malibu mom set to return to endurance racing • The Malibu Times

Emily Gallin, the fastest American in the Los Angeles Marathon two years ago, is making a comeback to competitive racing.

The Malibu mother of four is running miles and training for speed in hopes of competing this fall. Due to the pandemic and the birth of her baby boy, Pearce, in February, Gallin’s next race will be her first since arriving at the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2020.

Instead of a marathon, the endurance runner will participate in races over shorter distances.

“Training for a 5K is more reasonable,” Gallin said. “I haven’t raced all of COVID and I have four kids so the demand for me is really high. I like shorter races. The more you focus on the shorter things, the better you get for a marathon anyway.

The 37-year-old completed the 26.219-mile Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 15 seconds, the record among American women. Her blistering time placed her fourth overall in the women’s elite division.

Gallin, a track and cross-country athlete in college and graduate school, and a member of running groups in New York and Boston before moving to California with her husband, Zach, had no laced up his running sneakers for competitions a few years ago. she participated in the LA Marathon. After the race show, she was planning to participate in more races, but the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that.

When the world of competitive running opened up a little after months of being closed, Gallin started training, but then stopped when she became pregnant with Pearce.

The runner also fell near the end of a 10-mile Memorial Day weekend. This resulted in a significant bruise on his left thigh and some discomfort while running.

She had hoped to take part in races this summer, but instead took time to heal and savor the time she spent with her children, who along with Pearce, 6 months, include Kade, 3 , and 5 yr- old twins Jaxton and Chloe.

“It was hard to accept letting my summer racing season go by when the crash on the track happened,” Gallin said. “I was disappointed, but I spent so much more time with the children. It was awesome and I love it.

Gallin only trained for eight weeks for the Los Angeles Marathon. When she thinks about her performance in the popular event, she fantasizes about her doing much better than she could run in the competitions.

“It was a positive experience,” Gallin said. “Sometimes I think about things that went well and then a lot of things that went wrong or didn’t go well. For me, it showed how much more I can do.

Gallin expects her new coach Mario Fraioli, her teammate on a Boston running team more than a decade ago, to push her towards her goal of finishing race times quickly.

“I always wanted to beat 16 minutes in the 5k, which I know is possible,” said Gallin, who ran the distance in 16:03 more than a year ago. “I want to tackle some of the shorter distances before going straight back to the marathon. I want to build.

Gallin wants to sign up for a race next month. She wants her kids to see her race against other runners.

“They know mom is going for a run every day,” Gallin said. “I explained to them that mum is good at running because she trains every day. They’re like ‘Who’s faster you or daddy?’ They adore him.”

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