Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Teg Tackles Twenty-Six (.2): Approaching the Mountain


Matt Tegenkamp has run 12:58, been an oh-so-close 4th at Worlds, and won a grip of US national titles… so naturally it’s time to take on the new challenge presented by the marathon. Between now and his debut at the distance — Chicago, October 13th — he’ll be sharing insight into that journey. This entry looks at the line of thinking that brought him to the foot of the 26.2 mile mountain…

Acquired Desire: The marathon, for me, has been an “acquired” desire. The process of training and racing for soooo many miles scared me — rightfully so, with my history of nagging injuries.

However, there has always been this deep down question of, If I did a marathon what could I run? That question has been stirring since 2007, after watching my first Chicago Marathon live. And I’ve continued to predict my finish time after every 26.2 I watch. The internal debate finally came to a head this spring when my coach Jerry Schumacher and I had a long sit down Read the full article

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Bumbalough Wins US 5k Title, Infeld Runner-Up

He might have been the top American distance runner without a US title to his name, but Andrew Bumbalough remedied that on Sunday in Providence by winning the CVS Downtown 5k. With that victory, he also took home the US 5k road championship, his first national title in a stellar pro career that has seen him collect runner-up finishes at the US Cross Country Championship (2011) and 5k Road Champs (2012), represent the US on the track at Worlds (2011), and rank among the Top 20 Americans all-time in three different events.

Meanwhile, Emily Infeld — entering only her second season as a professional — took runner-up honors among the women, beaten only by 5000m national record holder Molly Huddle. After a track PB at 3000 earlier this month, and a road win for six miles earlier this summer, Infeld was expected to contend for the win, and she and Huddle wasted little time grabbing the lead early. Read the full article

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teg Tackles Twenty Six (.2): New Haven

Matt Tegenkamp has run 12:58, been an oh-so-close 4th at Worlds, and won a grip of US national titles… so naturally it’s time to take on the new challenge presented by the marathon. Between now and his debut at the distance — Chicago, October 13th — he’ll be sharing insight into that journey. This entry looks at his first major tune-up race: a defense of his US 20k title in New Haven, Connecticut.

Perfect Chicago Prep: It has a been almost 2 weeks since the New Haven USARC 20k, but I can’t stop thinking about the race because of all the positive motivators I was able to pull from the competition. The field was super competitive — no surprise — and I knew I was going to have to bring my A+ game to defend my title. What was a surprise was the weather: humidity… 100%. Dew point… 75! Sooooo happy the sun was hiding behind the clouds! So, here are my takeaways from the 20k… Read the full article

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Infeld and Bumbi PR in Rieti

The track in Rieti, Italy is renowned as one of the fastest in the world, and Emily Infeld and Andrew Bumbalough took full advantage on Sunday, running lifetime bests in the final big meet of the outdoor season.

Each was entered in the 3000, and Infeld turned heads in particular, laying down an 8:41.43 to grab fifth place and slice a whopping 19-seconds off of her previous personal best. The twenty-three-year-old looks poised to take a huge chunk out of her 5000 personal best — currently 15:28 — especially in light of her impressive road win over six miles at Wharf-to-Wharf.  In Italy, not only did Infeld finish as top American in the field, six seconds ahead of Chelsea Reilly (a newly-minted 15:10 performer), but the Georgetown graduate now ranks Read the full article

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Brussels 5000 Makes Jager US #8

13:02 — achingly close to a sub-13:00 mark, long the biggest badge of honor for 5000m runners. Instead, American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager will take home from Brussels the following door prizes:

A 12.20 second personal best. A #8 ranking all-time among Americans. A finish ahead of 12:48-man Isaiah Koech.

Coming eighth — even in a Diamond League field — may not totally satisfy an athlete in the mix for world-level medals, but Jager clearly acquitted himself well in his final track race of the 2013 season. Not only did he seem to meet his main definition of success from pre-race reflection, but he was in the mix with the entire field, right up until the final positions began getting sorted out with 200m to go. Even at the top of the homestretch Jager was in range for a Top 5 finish — and in a race that isn’t even his specialty.

Jager will finish up his 2013 campaign at the Nissan NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile on September 22nd.

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