EDITOR'S NOTE: At the end of Lily's blog she asked for some luck on the way to the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York. It must have worked because she placed 6th in the Girls Junior High Mile. Her teammates did well also. Reece was 3rd in the Junior High Mile, Lanie was 6th in the Freshman Girls Mile and Bryce was 15th in the Freshman Boys Mile.
Lily's Blog from the March-April issue of Youth Runner Magazine
Hey! My name is Lily Mourer and I'm in 8th grade and will be attending Golden High School in Colorado. My first memory with running was my first practice with Peak Performance Running in 6th grade in fall, 2016.
When I started running I was off the back at every practice. I finished that season at State with a top 50 in cross country. I worked really hard and began trying new events in indoor and outdoor track. It did not go very well. I got faster that fall and felt good for the 2017 XC Nationals in Tallahassee. My goal was to get All-American, which didn't happen (I got 39th), but I ran a 14:54 4k, which was a PR by nearly a minute! When indoor track came along in 2018, I was much more confident and ended up State Champion in the 800 and Mile.
Coach Andrew Simmons told me about a race in New York called “New Balance Nationals”. After watching videos about the Armory track, I wanted to go so badly! I needed a 5:47 mile to qualify, and I did so at altitude, with a 5:38. When we got to New York for the race I was so excited and nervous. The day before my race, I saw the track and I was blown away! It was a different vibe from all other races. We got our NB backpacks and there was a DJ and lights, it was a really fun time. I ended up 10th with a time of 5:24 in the Mile.
Later that year, I developed a patellar tendon tear in both knees. My orthopedist, Dr. Zinis cleared me to run, as long as I was in PT 2x per week until it got better. My PT, Dr. Jesse Riley he helped me recover enough to qualify for USATF Nationals in the 1500 and 3000. Finishing cross country season in 2018, I went back to XC Nationals in Reno, and got All-American, finishing 19th! I'm leaving for NB Nationals in a few days for the second time. (My knees are better, but not fully healed, wish me luck haha :)
Lily lives in Colorade with lots of mountains nearby.