Eric Orton was Christopher McDougall’s coach while McDougall wrote the huge best seller ‘Born to Run.’ Now Orton has a book of his own called ‘The Cool Impossible’ that is a must read for any rookie or seasoned endurance athlete. Orton is also a great interview.
Brenda Martinez is a young woman on a roll. She won the BAA Mile a few weeks back, then followed that up with a track record 1500 at Mt. Sac – 4:04.86 – the following week, and then ran 2:00.6 for her leg of the record setting U.S. team’s 4 x 800 at the Penn Relays. Now healthy and training under the legendary Joe Vigil, the sky is the limit for Brenda.
Nickademus Hollon is 22 years old and just won The Barkley Marathons, where there were only two finishers out of 40 starters. The event starts when the race director lights up a cigarette, the participants are given an hour notice of the official start, you can’t survive without a map and compass, and there is a downhill on an 85% grade where you have two options: You can take Danger Dave Down or Pussy Ridge. Nickademus gave us some awesome insight into what just might be the toughest event anywhere.
Before Lukas Verzbicas, the fifth high school runner to break the 4:00 minute mile and two-time Footlocker Cross Country National Champion, was wheeled into surgery after a horrific bike crash late last summer, his parents were told that there was a good chance he would never walk again. Lukas came in studio to go through his early days of running and triathlon, his accident, his comeback and his plans for 2013 and beyond.
Galen Rupp was named our 2012 Endurance LIVE competitor of the year. He came on to chat about meeting his long time coach Alberto Salazar, his training partner Mo Farah, and his Olympic silver medal at 10,000 meters.
James Sheremeta is a top San Diego based runner and coach. For over ten years he and his wife, Cheryl, have been the head coaches for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program that is getting runners ready for the Rock N Roll San Diego Marathon and Half Marathon coming up on June 2nd. James came on to talk about the amazing success of TNT – $1.3 billion raised and over 540,000 athletes participating in endurance events since 1988 – the fact that you can still sign up to train for and run the Rock N Roll San Diego event -www.teamintraining.org – and the great changes that have been made for the 2013 event – a downtown San Diego finish and a brand new course plus earlier marathon and half marathon starts.