Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lomong Speaks: Winning Wanamaker

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong broke the tape in the Wanamaker Mile at Saturday’s Millrose Games, and joined the ranks of the accomplished athletes who have won this prestigious race. Below, he shares some thoughts on the experience:

When did you know you had the race won?
I [only] knew I won when I crossed the finish line. I was well prepared for the race and knew who the big players were and had a plan in mind on how to win. I talked with my coach [Jerry Schumacher] a lot about the race plan and felt good. Even having said that, I never assume a win at any point until the race is finished.

What was your New York City experience for Millrose like?
The experience was fantastic. New York City always thrills me — it is so full of life and culture and so many people love the sport of track and field. It is always a great honor to run in front of a crowd like that. I feel even more blessed that it was a chance to go home and run in front of so many hometown fans.

Who in the field were you trying to prepare for, strategically? And how? Read the full article

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bairu Explains Toronto Marathon Withdrawal

On his blog on September 20th, Simon Bairu announced the difficult decision to withdraw from this year’s Toronto Marathon, owing to what amounted to accumulated fatigue. The Canadian Record-Holder at 10,000m wrote, “As much as I would have loved to run in Canada in front of my friends and family for an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics I had to make the decision based on the fact that me at 75% isn’t gonna cut it against the clock and against a very accomplished field.” We spoke to Simon to hear more about what went into his decision, and how he thinks the race will play out.

When did you and Jerry start having an inkling that racing Toronto might not be in the cards?
The first inkling for me was after I DNF’d at New Haven, but [my coach] Jerry [Schumacher] wasn’t ready to hit the panic button just yet so we waited to see how my workouts went after the race. The workouts started to take a turn for the worse and so last weekend we decided Toronto wasn’t going to happen for me this year.

Have you experienced anything like this accumulated fatigue before? And how do you think you got there, and how did you recover?
The last time I experienced something like this was fall of 2009 as I was preparing for my marathon debut in NYC. At the time I was starting to run 120-mile weeks consistently for the first time in my career. It was a shock to the system and training started to suffer a bit because of it. We decided to scrap NYC but I did go on to have a great 2010 year! I think it’s a similar situation this year. I was tackling 130-mile weeks for the first time and now only time will tell if this is the launching pad to a great 2012 year!

What do you think is the takeaway from this experience, as it applies to runners of all abilities? The need to schedule rest into one’s training? Listening to your body?
I think the biggest take away from this is to make sure to incorporate easy days into one’s training. But most importantly don’t wait till you’re forced to take an easy day.

Now that you can comment objectively, who do you think is the favorite going into the race?
I’m friends with all the top contenders in the race and I wish them all a great race but if I had to pick one favorite it would probably have to be Reid Coolsaet. He ran 2:11:27 last year at this race so he knows the course well and he’s had a great build up this fall. I think it’s gonna be close but he’s a tough runner and I think he’ll get the top spot.

Do you have a plan yet for next year, and if so, what might that be?
Right now my only focus is getting ready for my next marathon. I’m not sure if that will be in December or early next year but that is the only thing on my mind right now.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Delilah Explains it All: Q&A #2

Another round of questions for Delilah turned up some fun answers.

What about Coach Gags’ personality as a coach do you like best? — Clint, Madison, WI
Coach Gags understands the mental aspect of the sport really well. With the training year being so long, he is good about injecting a little bit of fun into every practice. He is a pretty good crooner so it is not uncommon for him to tease us about our boyfriends or girlfriends by bursting into song. This approach puts us at ease and keeps us from getting carried away at the wrong time of the year. When it is time to be more serious, he knows exactly what to do to get us to concentrate and feel confident in our preparations.

To read the other questions, check Puma Running here.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Stanford: Jager Talks 1500m Comeback

Evan Jager opened up the 2011 season on Sunday by sticking his nose in a very competitive 1500m race at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational. He came away with a very credible 3:40.52 in only his second full race since September of 2009. He discussed what he was thinking going into the race, and what he’s focused on, moving forward.

You said post-race that you had come in thinking you could run 3:40 and maybe dip under. Were there workouts that indicated your fitness was there, or had Jerry discussed that being something you should be able to hit? Or is it simply, I’m a pro — I need to be able to run there.
There were no workouts, really, and Jerry and I hadn’t really talked about the time at all. It was just getting out there and competing again. Yeah, just in the back of my mind, I figured, being a professional– I mean, I was able to run 3:41 in my freshman year of college, so I thought 3:40 would be a somewhat achievable goal. And also, kind of basing it off last year, coming back after being off for two months for the navicular stress reaction and opening up and running 3:38, I figured I should be able to run 3:40. Read the full article

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stanford Week: Nelly Tackles the Tough Questions

Tim Nelson is the 10th-fastest American over 10,000m of all time, and is looking for more. He will run the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m this Sunday at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, the site of his two fastest 10,000m runs ever… including a break-out 27:36 win in 2009 that launched him just outside the list of Top 10 All-Time Americans. He will race in Stanford coming off of a disappointing 5000m in Melbourne, and a very impressive 3000m indoors in Seattle.

You won the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford in 2009, and came back with another very strong performance in 2010 (albeit one that may have been overlooked in such an exceptionally strong overall field). Do you feel like you’ve got a special thing going with his race or venue? And if so, why?

I’ve raced at Stanford nearly every year since I was a sophomore in high school, and I almost always have run a personal best time, regardless of the event. Also, Stanford is only a few hours drive from my folks’ place, so I always have a cheering section when I’m there. All that to say, yeah, I certainly get excited every time I step on the track at Stanford.

C’mon now, honestly: how mad are/were you at Chris for stealing your thunder last year? Does your quiet surface mask raging currents beneath? Read the full article

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