Kieffer had been asking Brad for informal advice last year in her buildup and they cemented their coaching relationship this year. Brad has been with Kieffer overseeing her training in upstate New York and they both say she is much fitter than last year.
Kieffer said, "I think I can run 2:26"
Kieffer may be in the best shape of her life but 2018 has not been smooth sailing. A stress fracture kept her out of the spring marathons and then when she started training again after it was a grind. "I took 7 weeks off and it was really hard. Nothing clicked when I came back this year, but the races were still good,” she said (she set road PRs at 5k, 10k, and the half).
The injury was a blessing in disguise for Kieffer because it caused her to see a specialist in Bend, Oregon that her sponsor Oiselle set her up with, who helped her realize she needed to change her form. She’s adjusted her foot strike which should help her be healthier in the future. Her future looks very bright. At the end of the interview below she discusses some of the doubters on LetsRun who say she is too big to be a top pro runner.
Coach Hudson on working with Kieffer again
In a second interview below Hudson talks about the Nike 4% shoes and how other companies are now trying to put carbon plates in their shoes