Alan Webb Talks Confidently About His Comeback
August 25, 2010
*Video #3: Galen Rupp Talks About His 2010 Season and His Season-Ending 3000 in Rieti
*Video #2: Alberto Salazar Talks Confidently About Alan Webb
*Video #1: Alan Webb Talks Confidently About His Comeback
LetsRun.com received an email today from our European friend, video journalist Dennis Kaspori. Today, his team conducted interviews of Alan Webb, Alberto Salazar and Galen Rupp in the Netherlands.
They've put the Webb interview up first and it's available to be watched below. We highly recommend it as it features an upbeat and seemingly more mature Alan Webb talking about his progress during year one under the tutelage of Alberto Salazar in Portland, Oregon. Webb fans can take heart in knowing he's still dreaming as big as ever, as near the end of the interview he said:
"My dreams are still what they were before this injury. I want to be the best in the world. I've done it before. I just haven't done it consistently. I feel like I've got it inside of me. I just have to figure out how to get it out on a consistent basis. I want to win medals at the world championships or Olympics and set personal bests in all of my events and maybe set records. My dreams are the top. I'm still young and still have some time on my side so anything is possible."
Below the interview, we provide some textual highlights from the interview if you don't have time to watch all ten minutes.
Webb On His Comeback
"I guess I've started the comeback. I've just run one race and it wasn't very good but it was a start and you have to start somewhere. I'm just kind of building on that and looking forward to this weekend (when I race again)," said Webb of his 14-month hiatus. "It's nice to be back at least in some sort of race."
Webb Talking About The Problems He Had Before
His 1:52 800, Which Served As His First Race In 14 Months
"I had some travel problems and was a little bit tired coming into that race. I wasn't feeling super great and so I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be as it was kind of hectic leading up that."
"But it was just like I remembered it. It was like riding a bike."
Webb Talking Optimistically About The Future - "I'm aerobically fit. Im
just not fast right now."
"I'm just starting now. If you knew what I had done coming up to that 800, it's (a) pretty good (result) considering the work I've done so far," said Webb. "That 800 was the first time I've been under 2:00 in 14 months so it's pretty good."
"1:52 is my goal mile pace - so I just have to do it twice."
"I remember in 2004 running a 1:52 800 early in the track season and I ended up making the Olympic team and running 3:32 that summer," said Webb. "So I'm not that far away. I'm aerobically fit. I'm just not fast right now."
Webb Talks About His Dreams
"My dreams are still what they were before this injury. I want to be the best in the world. I've done it before. I just haven't done it consistently. I feel like I've got it inside of me. I just have to figure out how to get it out on a consistent basis. I want to win medals at the World Championships or Olympics and set personal bests in all of my events and maybe set records. My dreams are the top. I'm still young and still have some time on my side so anything is possible."
Webb Talks About New Training Situation In Portland With Alberto Salazar
"It gives me confidence to know that I have all the tools in place for me to push myself and we are just now starting that process."
"Dathan (Ritzenhein) and Galen (Rupp) have been great as they provide some normalcy to me so if I go out on a run or do a workout I'm not alone. I can kind of fall in line a little bit even if I'm not doing the same workout. I'm behind a little bit. I may not be able to do quite what those guys are able to do right now but it's not like I'm (starting) from zero. I'm just a little bit behind and at some point hopefully I'll catch up and I am catching up."
"It's been great to sort of have those guys although they haven't given me any big pep talks or anything like that - (that's more Alberto's job). Obviously I wasn't thrilled with that (1:52) 800 but Alberto reminded me that hey - we've hardly done any of this stuff so running under 60 seconds is going to feel really hard," said Webb. "He keeps me positive. It's been great to have those guys around to make me feel like I'm not starting over."