Did any of you idiots read the article?? The quotes are describing her mindset before her first marathon in 2012. She ran a 3:08, and then, as a college student, walked on to George Mason's team. With structure and an understanding of running, she went on to set school records in college, and post-collegiate runs professionally, and has recently run a 2:31.
So obviously she trains "for real" now. She has been for 7 years. But she didn't when she was 19 or whatever when she picked up running.
Jesus people, read the darn article.
I’d rather think she’s a wannabe professional; 231 isn’t selling any running shoes, anymore than a dude running 216. ??