Senior Spotlight: Emma Thornley (Layton)

How did you first get started running?
I started summer running sophomore year to get to know more people before I went into high school, but then I turned out to be kinda fast and love it!!

Favorite Workout?
I love trail runs

Least Favorite Workout?
Any run that's on a busy road

What was the greatest obstacle you've had to overcome in your high school career?
Probably my mental game, I've overcome mental block after mental block, and it's always a struggle, but I've overcome so much!!

How do you prepare yourself mentally and physically for a race?
Mentally I always have thoughts that I write down and mantras. Also, yoga the day before a race. I have a goal card that I read every day, and I read that a lot to prepare for a race. Sometimes crying helps, too, just to release feelings. It makes me feel more ready.
Physically I do all the workouts my coach has us do, and I also do a lot of cross-training, and some yoga and ice baths can also be a party.

Any Pre Race superstitions?
Are there any runners who don't have them?! I always have to wear my good luck stuff and have braids, and I used to think yoga was bad luck before a race, but I changed my mind on that.

Most memorable race?
Probably state this year!

What is the best piece of advice you have received from either a coach or teammate?
That's so hard because there is so much!!!!! I think maybe when my coach told me (concerning my emotions and thoughts) to just let it go through me and then let it go.

Where are you at on college decisions?
I'm going to Utah state!

What are your top 3 goals you wish to accomplish before you graduate?
I have certain time goals for the 1600 and 3200, and then I want to end my track season feeling successful and knowing I gave it what I had.

Fun Questions

Favorite Food?
Dark chocolate!!

Favorite Movie?
Iron man or Lord of the rings

Favorite song?
High hopes

Favorite Color?
Green and blue

What's your favorite season, and why?
Fall because it's so pretty and has such a good feeling and because of cross country and Halloween.

Do you play any other sports?
I used to play soccer, and I play other sports for fun.

How many pairs of running shoes have you gone through in your lifetime?
I have no idea way too many to count.

What's something that's on your bucket list?
I want to go to New Zealand!!

If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?  
To understand where people are coming from and for them to understand where I'm coming from or to fly.

What's one fun fact about you?
I like to swing dance (I'm not that good)