Lisa Uhl Aims for Rio in 2016

Feb 23, 2015

Fort Dodge native and professional runner Lisa Uhl is hoping to make her mark in the marathon in the next Olympic games.

Making the Olympics are a life goal, and when they're over, you have to take a step back. That's where I was. I still truly loved the sport, but it took a little bit of time. I decided to try again for 2016, but I had to get refocused first.

That’s after running her first marathon less than a year ago. She raced in the Chicago Marathon in October.

“I hope to make the Marathon team, mainly because I get to punch my ticket in February and don’t have to wait until June. Also, as I go up in distance, I’m more competitive. I think I’m more competitive in the 10 K than in the 5K, but I think I could be pretty competitive in the marathon world-wide.”

During this Talk of Iowa interview, Uhl talks with host Charity Nebbe about her love/hate relationship with professional running, her return to Iowa State University as a veterinary student and her newest challenge – coaching high school boys.