From 4:08 To The Olympic Marathon Trials

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 8, 2011
Erin O'Mara is happy to be heading to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Photo: M Live

Hard work was all it took.

Erin O'Mara is happy to be heading to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Photo: M Live

If you need some motivation that your running dreams can come true, look no further than Erin O’Mara.

Just five years ago, the Michigan native clocked a relatively pedestrian 4:08 marathon in her debut at the 2006 edition of the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

“When I finished that race, one of the first things I said to my family was I was definitely going to do it again, but I was going to run a lot faster, because that was too long to be out there,” O’Mara recalls. “At that point, I remembered thinking I’d trained a lot and done all the work. The more you run, the more you realize you probably didn’t train that much for it, which is why I ran well over an hour of what I run now.”

Fast forward to this year and O’Mara has her ticket booked–to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. She did it at last weekend’s California International Marathon when she ran a blazing 2:43:55.

“I was really happy and relieved,” O’Mara said. “I was just so glad to finally have it, because I worked so hard.”

For More: M Live

FILED UNDER: News TAGS: / / / / / / / /

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter