CHELSEA BENSON: It is a little bit of zen when you're out there. And you don't feel like you're working hard. So you're just in a flow as you're running.
Well, right now we're training for the Olympic trials, which is at the end of February. It's February 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. And so there'll be about 500 women that have qualified for the trials, which is really exciting. It's the biggest group of women that they've ever had qualify. And only the top three will go on to the Olympics, so it's quite a spectacle.
I wish we would see more of it.
We will be out there and probably won't see the leaders too much. But yeah, it'll be really exciting to watch and to participate in, just because the stakes are so high.
BAILEY DREWES: The marathon training, I think, is really cool in that it gives you structure to your day, structure to your week, something to work towards within the calendar year. I see a lot of people work out every single day, and I feel like that has to be more exhausting than marathon training because there's no end goal.
I love it so much that it's great that it can push me to work so hard. But even if I don't get the outcome that I want, it's something that I'm enjoying the work and I'm enjoying pushing towards. And that's a neat thing about this race. It takes some pressure off, because we're not trying-- well, we're trying, but we're not--
CHELSEA BENSON: Our careers aren't on the line.
BAILEY DREWES: We're not assuming we're going to get anywhere near the top 10, so there's no pressure in that regard. And we just get to race our best and enjoy racing alongside some great competitors and--
CHELSEA BENSON: And have fun with it.
BAILEY DREWES: Yeah.
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Chelsea Benson, who works at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bailey Drewes, a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, have qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials to be held in Atlanta on February 29.