Coach Makena Morley
Achieve More. Get Faster.
I believe, that like everything in life, to truly achieve your goals, you have to thoroughly enjoy the process and journey along the way. All the little things matter and those small mid-process goals all add up to allow you to achieve your end of season target. This is something I’ve learned as a professional long distance runner – one of my favorite things about a marathon or other goal race training-block, is the build itself because of the challenges it presents on a weekly basis and all the great people it allows me to meet; the end race itself is the cherry on top of a good training block!
I love working with athletes and helping them put into words their dreams and goals, and I strive to help my athletes achieve their training and racing goals by believing in their individual process. I want to push each athlete to be the most well rounded runner they can be, by working on trust, enjoying the process by focusing on one day or week at a time, and setting big scary goals with smaller more achievable goals along the way! Training and racing should be something fun to look forward to, so I want to work with athletes schedules to make sure they are able to achieve their goals while enjoying all the other things they love to do as well.
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Makena has been long distance running now for 16 years. She caught the bug during her 6th grade PE class running the presidents physical fitness test mile. She was born in Maui, Hawai’i but has lived most of her life in northwest Montana, now living, training and coaching with Montana state university in Bozeman, Montana.
During Makena’s high school career she qualified for 4 Footlocker national’s championships out of the West region and her highest finish was 3rd place her senior year. She won 15 state titles in track and cross country during high school. She then went on to run at the University of Colorado where she was a 9 time All-American in cross country and the 5,000 and 10,000 meter distances in track. She finished 8th at the NCAA cross country championships en route to University of Colorado winning the national team title in 2018. Morley held the Colorado school record until 2022 in the 10,000 meters running 32:28. Morley graduated in 2020 from CU where her last outdoor season was not able to be run due to Covid.
Post collegiately now Morley runs professionally for the shoe company ASICS, who she signed with in 2020. She was second in the USA road race circuit in 2021; was second in the US 20k road champs and won the US 25k road champs in the fall of 2021. She competed in the 10,000 meters at the 2021 US Olympic Trials placing 19th and came in with a 10,000 meter personal best of 31:25. In the Fall of 2022 she ran a personal best of 1:09:47 in the half marathon. She is now transitioning to more marathon training and racing while also keeping in some shorter road races. In October of 2022 she competed in her first marathon at the Chicago marathon where she placed 10th overall and was the 5th American in a time of 2:30:28. She most recently raced the US cross country championships in Virginia, January of 2023 where she placed 2nd qualifying her to the 2023 World Cross Country Championships in Australia. She is now training for a fall marathon and the US Olympic Marathon trials scheduled February 4th of 2024.
Outside of running, Morley loves exploring the outdoors! She backcountry skis, cross country skis and ice skates during the winter in Montana. Her father builds wooden canoes and kayaks so Morley loves getting in the water to paddle her kayak during summer and fall months.