We are delighted to introduce, long distance runner, Neely Spence Gracey as our second Beet It Sport US Ambassador. Neely finished 1st in the Women’s 2017 Chicago Half Marathon and is aspiring to run for Team USA in Tokyo 2020.

We caught up with her ahead of her month as Beet It Ambassador. Read our interview below.

Beet It Sport Ambassador, Neely Gracey

“Using Beet It as part of my pre-race routine helps my body get in the zone and prepares the system to work efficiently to help carry me towards my goals.”

Neely Spence Gracey
Long distance runner

How did you get involved in running?

I was born into the sport! My Dad is an Olympian and was racing the Boston Marathon the day I was born.

Growing up, who was your all-time inspirational sports person?

My dad! He showed me that it is possible to turn your passion into your career. He taught me the foundation of the sport and also instilled in me a desire to coach others to pursue their goals.

What advice would you give to a young, aspiring runner?

Stay focused on your big goals by having small ones to work towards along the way. The key is to chip away and with perseverance, the results will come.

What are your best running achievements so far?

4 time Pennsylvania State Champion (high school)
8-time division 2 National Champion (college)
13th at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships
Top American at the 2016 Boston Marathon
5-time runner-up on the USATF Road Racing Championship circuit
11th American Woman to break 1:10 in the Half Marathon

PRs: Mile 4:36, 5k 15:25, 10k 32:16, half marathon 1:09:59, marathon 2:34

What are you aspirations in running for 2017 and beyond?

Continue to enjoy the sport while pursuing progress towards the 2020 Olympic year.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

One of my goals is to visit all 50 states… I have 38 checked off so far.

What are your top three sport nutrition tips?

1. Everything in moderation
2. 85% healthy, 15% splurge
3. Greater emphasis on hydration before and after activity

What are your top three training tips?

1. More isn’t always better
2. Learn from every season and adjust accordingly
3. Focus on personal goals and gains, not on what others are doing. Everyone is an individual and what works for them may or may not work for you.

Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?

I wake up at least 3 hours before the start of my race to do a 1-mile shake-out jog to get my body awake and muscles activated.