ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - It's been a whirlwind month for Jordan Hasay. Now back in her hometown of Arroyo Grande, the 25-year-old running star is fresh off one of the most memorable performances in her highly decorated career.
Last month at the 121st Boston Marathon, the Mission Prep alum had the greatest debut for an American woman ever.
"It was really exciting to finally step on the line," said Hasay. "I was actually excited the whole week to get ready to go."
After years of Hasay competing and excelling on the track, the famed race marked the next step in her running career.
This was her first time ever running the ultimate distance in track and field, the 26.2 mile marathon.
"The marathon is such a challenging event, not only physically, but also emotionally," said Hasay.
It's safe to say her performance in Boston couldn't have gone much better.
"There were points in the race actually where I thought to myself, I might win this thing," said Hasay, as she reflected on her run.
Hasay was toe-to-toe saw with eventual winner Edna Kiplagat for 18 miles before the 37-year-old Ethiopian pulled away.
"For my first marathon, it was too risky to go at that pace, we still had seven miles to go and I thought, hey, we're having a great one here, I just need to stick to my own pace," said Hasay.
Her pace brought her across the finish line in third place with a time of 2 hours 23 minutes. It's the fastest ever debut marathon time for an American woman.
"The crowd was just incredible and I was feeling really, really tired, but I turned on Boyleton (Street) and I just got goosebumps there was so much energy and I thought I can keep running this isn't so bad."
As she crossed the finish line with the enthusiastic crowd cheering, her thoughts quickly turned to her mom Teresa, who died unexpectedly last November.
"I knew she had been running with me the entire race and felt all the emotion pour out," Hasay said.
Her emotion she says, was a bittersweet mixture of both joy and sadness.
"She was my best friend and biggest supporter, so not having her to see it was hard," said Hasay. "At the same time, I knew she would be really proud and felt that she was present there and was smiling down on all of us."
Making her performance even more poignant was the fact Teresa Hasay always felt her record-breaking daughter, who set numerous junior and high school records in her legendary track and field and cross country career, would eventually wind up excelling in the marathon.
"We always felt like that would be my distance one day and whenever things would go awry on the track, we would say, just think about the future, just think about the marathon, so it's sort of surreal to have actually done a marathon and done well," said Hasay.
After the race, she returned back to her hometown of Arroyo Grande to rest from her first ever 26 mile event. Having accomplished so much during her first marathon run, she's setting her sights on a significant long-term goal.
"The next major goal would be making that team in 2020 for the Olympics," said Hasay, noting that she should just be entering her prime when the U.S Olympic Trials are held in early 2020.
"It really takes years and years of having the mileage on your legs and you actually get better as you age in a way, so it's going to help me to have the experience of these big city marathons in order to prepare to hopefully get a medal at the Olympics," said Hasay, who finished 9th place in the 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympic Trials.
In the meantime, Hasay says she'll run two marathons a year, plus several other shorter-distance events, such as 10,000 meters and half-marathons.
Her next race will be the Peachtree Road Raced, a 10,000 meter race held on July 4 in Atlanta.
As for right now, she's enjoying her final few days on the Central Coast before heading back up to her home in Beaverton, Oregon.
"It's just a special place to be from," said Hasay. "Everyone has been so kind and supportive. It's been a little bit overwhelming, but also very special and I'm so thankful."