Monday, January 11, 2021

Bumbalough calls time on professional running

Andrew Bumbalough has announced his retirement from professional running. The 33-year-old, a long-time member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, will now transition into coaching. Last week he launched Highgear Running, which offers personalized coaching for runners of all levels from the mile to the marathon. 

During a decorated career, Bumbalough showed his class across a range of distances, clocking 3:37.15 for 1500m, 7:37.62 for 3000m, 13:12.01 for 5000m, 27:56.78 for 10,000m and 2:10:56 for the marathon. He finished fourth in the US Olympic Trials in 2012 over 5000m, and he finished fifth in the 2018 Boston Marathon, his highest finish at a Marathon Major.

Speaking to the Citius Mag podcast, he explained the reasons for his decision.

“Over the course of 2020, I was able to decide, I think I’m ready to finally move away from running. I’ve done OK the last few years but I’m ready to take on new challenges and see where I can contribute in different ways. Does that mean I never run a competitive race again? I don’t know. I think that’s too hard of a question to try and unpack.

“Physically, I feel better than I have in a really long time because I’ve taken a big step away from Jerry’s grind, where it just beats you down. If you survive it, you run amazing. If you don’t, you could be pretty tired after a little while…In 2021, I am no longer part of the Bowerman Track Club professional group and no longer a Nike athlete. That just took a little time to say that publicly. I think people who know me pretty well know that’s where I was headed this year. My passion for product has really come alive this year. Some of the teams that I’ve come to work with at Nike have just pushed me even further in that direction.”

“You really have to relish the moments that are good. Ask anyone who has done this.”

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