Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cragg all set for Trials challenge


Amy Cragg
is back to full health as she prepares to challenge for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at next month’s marathon trials in Atlanta. The  35-year-old world championship medalist spoke to Runner’s World this week and revealed she has overcome the issues with fatigue that ruled her out of the Chicago Marathon last October.

“It was just overall fatigue,” Cragg said. “I think we just went too hard for too long. I ‘cooked myself. Took some time off when we realized it wasn’t coming around for Chicago. Now I’m feeling a lot better and ready to go.

“You talk to any distance runner, you go through those ups and downs regularly. It’s like you just can’t seem to get out of the slump. You don’t know whether to push harder or let go. I’ve been used to it over the years. But there was definitely still that fear that I might have overdone it; [I’d] hope it’s not undoable.”

Cragg has put in as much as 130 miles a week on the build-up to the Trials and while she is cautious not to overdo things, she’s hopeful it will put her in contention to make another Olympic team next month.

“Things are going well, but I am listening to my body a lot, just making sure that I don’t go into that zone. I’m in a good place right now. I’m very cautious about going over the edge. February 29, top 3, that’s what I’m going for. It’s just getting on that team. For me, that’s everything.”

Image: Photorun

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