Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 Highlight: James Carney

The marathon can be a cruel mistress, as the training can handicap your ability to perform optimally at shorter distances, and the full race itself can make your two annual attempts a bit of a crapshoot. James Carney says he lived that experience in 2010, logging a tough DNF in Chicago and falling short of his goals in Rotterdam in the spring.  However, we might take a moment to point out that Rotterdam did mark a one-minute PB for 26.2, and that Carney still showed well all over the country:  7th at Bolder Boulder when he was coming back from a lay-off; 3rd in New Haven at the USATF 20k Champs; and, runner-up at the Bellin 10k in Green Bay, WI.  Nevertheless, Carney looks toward 2011 with both an intense ultimatum for himself and a more laid-back outlook to his racing.

What would you call the main highlight of 2010 for you, either professionally or personally?
There were no real “highlights” to 2010. 2010 was a year of trial and error for me. I tried different training techniques, including a stint with a different coach and training partners in Flagstaff, AZ, away from my home in Boulder, CO.

What were some of the challenges you faced this year, and what was your approach to overcoming them?
I focused on the marathon and did not run well in two attempts. It’s a tough way to miss a lot of races you want to do.

What are you looking forward to in 2011 — both in terms of specific races, and also overall goals?
I learned there are more than one way to reach your goals but in 2011 but I need to go with what I’m most comfortable with. I am going to wrap up my career in 2012 and I want to go out on a high note and not stay too long in the sport. I want to go out the same way I came in… having fun with the sport. I’m going to focus on the races I want to run, not the ones people expect me to show up to.

(L to R: Carney having a pre-race laugh with Dan Browne / taking the lead in New Haven / at Nationals)
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