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Jordan Hasay returns home and reflects on impressive Boston Marathon finish

A.G. native finished third at prestigious race

Jordan Hasay returns home and reflects on impressive Boston Marathon finish

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - Jordan Hasay is back home on the Central Coast.

She's returned for some well-deserved rest after a thrilling comeback finish at last week's Boston Marathon.

"I have some down time right now," said the 27-year-old Arroyo Grande native. "I'll be here for three or four weeks and I'm enjoying family time with my dad and brother."

Last Monday, Hasay earned third place in the Boston Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:25:20, which was 1:49 behind the winner, Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia. 

"We were very pleased with just being in a solid result," said Hasay. "Being back up there and we knew the training had gone well, but you never know what can happen in the race and so for everything to come together on that day was really exciting."

The podium finish capped a long comeback for the Mission Prep alum, who now runs professionally for Nike Oregon Project.

The race also marked her first marathon in a year-and-a-half, when she finished third place at 2017 Chicago Marathon.

During that race, Hasay finished with the second-fastest marathon time in American history.

Just as when she had established herself as one of the world's top distance runners, injuries stalled her blossoming marathon career.

Recurring stress fractures throughout 2018 sidelined her the entire year, wiping out planned entries to the Boston and Chicago marathons.

"It was hard because running has been my love and I was just wanting to be back out there," said Hasay.

To get back on track, Hasay went through a rigorous rehabilitation program that was overseen by her coach, 1982 Boston Marathon champion Alberto Salazar.

"I remember doing my first run and just running a half-mile or mile felt so hard and when you're just starting out, it just seems like, how to get back to running a 120 miles a week. How do I get back to that level?" said Hasay. "It was just about the small wins and the process and taking one day at a time and that's really the thing that I do when I'm up at the top-level."

Hasay credited her comeback to her team of family, friends, coaches, physicians, therapists and trainers.

"It's just really nice to do so well this year because it's not just me getting to the start line, it's my whole team around me," said Hasay. "I'm the one that goes out there and gets the privilege and honor of running, but it's really for them and my whole family and everyone that got me to the line and everyone around here that's supported me for so many years."

Now healthy, Hasay is looking ahead and is focused on earning something she's long had in her sights, a trip to the Olympic Games. 

"That's really a goal of my mine," said Hasay. "I've never made an Olympic team. I've been in the trials several times since I was 16-years-old, but I think finally have a legitimate shot to make it in the marathon and I'm pretty excited about that."

To make the United States Olympic Team and a trip to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Hasay will need a top three finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials next February in Atlanta.

"It would be a huge honor to represent my country and represent this community and everyone that has been following me for so long and I really hope it can come together," said Hasay.

First up, her next major race, which will be the Chicago Marathon in October.

"I'd really like to get the American record there," Hasay said. "I would PR (personal record) there by a minute and a half, but I think it's reasonable."

As she gets ready to pick up training in a few weeks, Hasay said she always feels the massive support she receives from the Central Coast and that it truly makes a difference.

"I really feel like I have a rock here," said Hasay. "That's what gets my going in the hard miles of the marathon and I think about representing the community. It's just such a privilege and an honor and I can't thank everyone enough for their support."

Hasay has been in the public spotlight since she was a national record-setting runner as a middle-school student at St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande.

Since that time, she's been one of the most recognizable people on the Central Coast.

People in the area have long embraced and celebrated her many amazing accomplishments, and also supported through difficult times too, including after the sudden death of her mom Teresa in 2016.

"It's been a long journey and everyone has been through all the ups-and-downs, but I'm just humbled by how many people have followed my story," said Hasay. "I just take a lot of pride in representing this community. It's been a great place to grow up, great place to live."

Soon, she'll leave the Central Coast and return to Oregon to begin gearing up for the Chicago Marathon.

If all goes well there and at the Olympic Trials next February, she'll soon prepare up for the biggest race of her life, the Olympic women's marathon, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Tokyo.

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