Brighton’s Sarah Boyle said she was just out to “run a steady pace.”
Boyle’s performance earned her third place in the women’s division in the international half marathon at Sunday’s Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon event.
While Boyle, 30, wasn’t unhappy with her run, it was below her usual standard.
She had won the same race in 2014 and 2015 in downtown Detroit.
Sunday’s winner, Emily Oren of Holland, Mich. finished in 1:19:48.
“I didn’t really train hard this year,” said Boyle, a former track competitor at Michigan State, who earlier this year ran in the U.S. Olympic women’s steeplechase trials. “I’ve run 1:14 flat and 1:15 and change. I think today I went 1:23 low.”
Boyle, who coaches cross country with her husband Ian at Cleary University in Howell, wasn’t making excuses, even while raising a 2-year-old son Ayden and working in admissions at Cleary in whatever spare time she has.
“It’s just fitness, really,” said Boyle. “I haven’t done a lot of hard work, but I really wanted to come out and run today. I’ve won the race in the past and just wanted to show my face again.”
Boyle finished sixth in her preliminary heat at the Olympic trials, missing out on the final by one place.
She said she enjoys the steeplechase, which has recently been added to the women’s track program at the Olympics.