Tag: Olympic Marathon
Frank Shorter’s gold medal in the marathon back in 1972 is considered the catalyst for the first running boom. He was also one of the first world class runners to train on the bike, weight train, and race duathlons. Frank is a great interview!
Deena Kastor has a bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, a 2:19:36 American Record for the distance, marathon wins in both Chicago and London, and a love of the sport that began when she was 11 years old and running the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. On March 17th America’s most decorated female runner will be running a marathon for the first time ever in Southern California when she toes the line at Dodger Stadium for the LA Marathon.
Ryan Hall has run a 59:43 for the half marathon and 2:04:58 for the marathon. But after qualifying for his second Olympic Marathon team in January, the rest of his 2012 season was clouded with injuries and he ended up dropping out of the Olympic Marathon about 11 miles in. Ryan is one of our favorite guests because he is never afraid to talk about his setbacks and how he is dealing with them, physically and psychologically. For 2013 he has a new coach, he’s finally healthy, and he’s about to head off to Kenya to train with the best runners in the world.
At the half way point of the 2012 Olympic Marathon, Meb Keflezighi was dealing with a side stitch and blood blisters while sitting in about 20th place. In his third marathon in less than a year, Meb showed why he is a true champion. Rather than drop out, he dug deep and ran his way into fourth place.
Deena Kastor holds the American record for the marathon and half marathon and took home the bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens. Deena chatted about being a mom, taking sixth at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, her Bronze Medal run in the oppressive heat of Athens, and the challenges she faces as she attempts to make another Olympic team, this time at 10,000 meters. “Cutting my running mileage way back has been great,” she said in our interview, “but dealing with the ‘bootie locking burn’ that comes along with all of that track work has been a challenge.” Bootie Locking Burn? LOVE that!
Meb Keflezighi is getting ready for the Olympic Trials in Houston coming up on January 14th. It has been 69 days since he ran a personal best in New York City which, we found out, he was able to do despite having his Breathe Right strip not on his nose where it was supposed to be, but lodged into one of his running shoes!
Josh Cox is the American Record holder at 50K and is gearing up for Houston on January 14th. Our conversation became pretty emotional when Josh mentioned that the last time he was in Houston was to be with his father while his dad was undergoing cancer treatment. His dad has since passed away.