Giving birth to four kids in seven years is no easy feat. But having four kids in seven years while marathon training, and then actually qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials in your first marathon? Simply amazing! That’s Ellie Hess, the former DIII All-American who excelled in the 5k and steeplechase in college. Ellie currently trains and races as a member of Cleveland Elite Development and somehow finds the time and energy for motherhood and elite-level running.
Ellie wasn’t always a star runner. She began jogging in high school to stay in shape for other sports and quickly found her jogs helped her blow off steam. While she could accomplish about an 8-minute-mile naturally, it wasn’t until she dedicated her athletic energy to running that she realized her full potential. She stuck to her other sports through high school, but joined the cross-country team at John Carroll University under peer pressure.
I had the pleasure of competing against Ellie in college or, more precisely, getting beat by Ellie in college, and I wanted to learn how she manages to train and compete at such a high level with the many demands of her busy life. Read more >>