With the 2012 Olympic Trials on the horizon, Jason Hartmann is taking his career to new heights at just the right time. Apart from a 4th-place finish and PB of 1:15:38 at the Fifth-Third River Run 25k, none of his performances early in 2010 gave any indication of the piece de resistance that awaited in Chicago this fall. There, a 2:11:06 slashed over a minute from his lifetime best and earned him 8th place in the fastest annual marathon in the United States. The time also makes him the 8th fastest American since 2005. While that clear 2010 Highlight puts him on the short list of Olympic Team contenders, Hartmann is taking things step-by-step, as we move into 2011.
In 2009, you really stepped out by winning Twin Cities, then took another major step forward this year with a performance at Chicago that had to be the highlight of your 2010. What changed in your approach to running that allowed for the breakthroughs at Twin Cities and then again this year in Chicago?
In both races, I had something to prove. Before Twin Cities Marathon in 2009, I was out for almost all of 2008. I had three navicular stress fractures in my foot and my body gave out only two weeks for the 2008 Olympic Trials 10k qualifier. I had been injured for almost 7 months, and it took forever to rehabilitate and really come back. It was the second time I had gotten injured right before a track Olympic Trials 5k/10k, and I was so frustrated that I had greatly considered giving up the sport. I had asked friends to help me edit and work on my professional resume, and I started looking at viable career options. Read the full article