Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough to Make Marathon Debut Next Month in Tokyo

Ganbatte, Andrew Bumbalough!

Andrew will make his marathon debut on February 26 at the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six races that constitute the World Marathon Majors.

“I’m not looking to knock it out of the park in my first at-bat in the marathon,” Andrew says. “I plan to run conservatively, to have a good experience my first time out.”

One reason Andrew chose Tokyo for his debut is that there are often several runners aiming for the 2:10-2:12 range that Andrew has targeted for his debut. The race’s Japanese contingent alone includes five men with PRs of 2:10 or 2:11.

Andrew returned to top form last fall, capped by a 28:09.35 10,000 at the Hachioji Long Distance meet in Tokyo, Japan, on November 26. The performance, less than 13 seconds off his personal best for the distance, showed that Andrew had overcome a year and a half of injuries and setbacks that kept him from competing in last summer’s Olympic Trials.

To date, Andrew’s longest race is a half marathon. He ran his personal best of 1:02:05 to finish fifth overall and top American at the NYC Half in March 2015. He’s now doing altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona, to tackle twice the distance.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Andrew Bumbalough is Back on Track, Literally and Figuratively

On November 26, Andrew Bumbalough ran 28:09.35 for 10,000 meters, less than 13 seconds off his personal best, at the Hachioji Long Distance meet in Tokyo, Japan. A late-in-the-year near-PR on the track is notable for pretty much anyone, but for Andrew, who’d spent much of the previous year and a half injured, the performance was even more remarkable. It also gives him a huge confidence boost as he eyes his debut marathon in 2017.

“I was really pleased with the way it went,” Andrew says about his first track race in two years. “I thought 28:00 was possible on a good day, and I felt really good through a little past halfway. My lack of complete fitness caught up with me the last two miles, especially once they picked up the pace.” The race was won by Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi, the world junior record holder at 1500 meters, in 27:33.94.

“Just the fact that I’m talking about being near my PR after such a long layoff is really exciting,” Andrew says.

Andrew’s year-plus injury woes started, as they sometimes do, at another time when he was in great shape. In March 2015, he ran a PR of 1:02:04 at the NYC Half Marathon to place fifth overall and first American. The race was intended to be the first step in a slow build-up to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last February. Instead, once he started his transition to training for outdoor track, he was bothered by what was ultimately diagnosed as a sports hernia. In July 2015, he had surgery to repair the small tear that extended from his lower abdomen to his upper thigh. He didn’t run for three months.

When Andrew resumed training, it was time to start gearing up for 2016. “If it had been any other year but an Olympic year, I would have taken a slower approach coming back,” he says. Rushing his comeback while not yet feeling like his old self mechanically led to a sacral stress fracture. “By late spring it was obvious I wouldn’t be running the Olympic Trials, so I decided to stop and get healthy,” Andrew says.

He began running again in July, and did only easy running his first two months back. With September came the addition of workouts and the obligatory rust-buster race, an 11th-place, 14:18 performance at the national 5K championships in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 18. “I wanted to get out there and race, but I knew I wasn’t fit enough to mix it up with those guys,” he says of runners like winner Ryan Hill (13:57) and U.S. Olympians Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Donn Cabral. Andrew’s progress continued two weeks later with a 48:13, 8th-place finish at the national 10-mile championships in Minnesota.

Despite now feeling on the cusp of 10,000-meter PR fitness, Andrew won’t be tackling the distance again soon. Instead, next month he’ll head to Flagstaff, Arizona, for an altitude training block before his debut marathon in the first half of 2017. “I’m not looking to knock it out of the park in my first at-bat in the marathon,” Andrew says. “I plan to run conservatively, to have a good experience my first time out.”

The site of Andrew’s debut has yet to be announced. Regardless of the locale, when the only person ever to make Chris Solinsky vomit after a workout is healthy and eager, as Andrew now is, it will be a race worth watching.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jager Claims Third Straight US Steeple Title

Evan Jager continued his clear, convincing run as America’s best steepler — not that anyone was doubting his status there.  The American record holder confidently claimed his third consecutive national title in the event, clocking an 8:18.83 and a solid one-second victory.

In another display of remarkable consistency, Lopez Lomong came home in third place in the 1500m with his time of 3:39.10, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that he has taken a medal home from the US Championships. Meanwhile, their teammate Andrew Bumbalough produced a quality showing in the 5000m, going up against four runners with PB’s of 13:16 or better… and beating all but one. Bumbalough made a late bid for the win with two laps to go, and hung on for a runner-up finish to perennial champion Bernard Lagat. The Tennessee-native posted a 13:32.01 in his bid for his first track national title, marking one of the quicker efforts in recent USATF 5000m races.

Sean Quigley also showed nicely with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000m. Quigley was one of the last men standing in a deep field, as he hung in with the small breakaway pack that winnowed the pretenders from the contenders. His final time was 28:29 and his fourth-place finish represents his best showing at a US Championship on the track.

 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Thweatt Leads Big KIMbia Runs at Stanford

The Payton Jordan Invitational is renowned as the place to go for fast 5- and 10-thousands on American soil and 2014 solidified that reputation even further. Among KIMbia athletes, the most head-turning performance came from Boulder Track Club’s Laura Thweatt who ran 15:04 for fourth place for an absolutely massive PB of 30-plus seconds. That time ranks her #5 in the world so far this year… heady stuff for an athlete whose highest conference finish in college was third. The Lee Troop-coached athlete will have a quick turn-around next run the pro mile event at the Twin Cities Marathon on Thursday.

Lopez Lomong was the top KIMbia finisher in a hot men’s 5000, setting a new lifetime best on the outdoor oval. His 13:07.95 was good for 3rd place and stands less than a second away 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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