She walks through her motivation and the procedure to attempt a WR for fastest marathon in a full body suit.
Kipchoge talks about several topics with some great quotes on training. Talking about doping he says, “You can win clean, you can compete clean and you can live in this world in a clean way. The worst thing ever is if you use drugs, if you use a shortcut because even if you perform you will not sleep in a good way. If you know that you cheated, you are not at peace.”
*MB: Kipchoge: "I have been doing all things at 80 percent"
“This isn’t a sport like football or basketball where you can out-game plan somebody. You show up and you’re either fit or not. Whether you share your training or not isn’t going to change how fit or unfit you are.”
*MB: Scott Fauble Wants to Tell You His Strava Secrets
Marko Cheseto ran 2:42:24 to beat the previous world best of 2:42:52 from 2010.
*MB Archives: ESPN documentary on UAA runner, Marko Cheseto.
Linden says finally winning Boston was a "huge weight off" and frees her up to "take bigger chances and be picky with races."
This excerpt concerns Shalane Flanagan and how elite athletes find balance in being unbalanced.
*MB: Sports Illustrated Article RE: Shalane Flanagan, Going "All-In," Tradeoffs associated with running.
"Practicing self-awareness allows you to more honestly evaluate and reevaluate the trade-offs inherent to living an unbalanced, passionate life. It ensures that you are taking the time to rest and recover so that you don’t burn out, and it also ensures that you are making conscious decisions about how you spend your time and energy, and thus decreases the chances that you’ll have regrets about what you did—and didn’t—do. It helps you realize when your identity may be getting too interwoven with a specific activity, and that in some instances—writing a book, the first few months with a newborn baby, or trying to make an Olympic team, for example—your lack of balance may be excessive, but it can be OK because it’s time-bound. For some people, when you zoom in on any given day, week, month, or maybe even year, they don’t appear at all balanced. But when you zoom out and look across the totality of their lives, they are actually quite balanced and whole. This is the kind of balance to strive for."
Sang, Kipchoge's lifelong coach, says he didn't sleep well for three days before the Berlin race as he worried if he had done right by Kipchoge.
Alex Hutchinson plots the top 100 marathon times for the past decade and concludes that the recent improvements in times in 2016-2018 "aren’t noticeably bigger than the fluctuations in annual performance in previous years." Also, if it was really just the shoes, there should be a bunch of 2:04 guys running 2:01-2:02 like Eliud Kipchoge.
"There was no athletics training camp and no running groups, and so I lost interest and started some business instead to hustle. ... My husband was those days from a neighboring school and he saw me run in the zonal and district competitions. He asked me why I had stopped running and encouraged me to train and enter local races in 2011.”
Talking about leaving the Hansons and being coached by Walt Drenth she said, "“I felt like I’m at the point where I’m at a plateau, and this is a chance to really take a risk and see if I can’t hit a little higher peak. Let’s see if there’s something else we can squeeze."
At NAZ Elite, there is no secrecy. From training logs to workout videos, nearly everything is public.
Stein, a 32-year-old public defender won the race in 2:22:49 and said he could only got to do real marathon training the last three weeks because his time has been taken up by a quadruple murder case.
Besides Galen Rupp, not American has gone sub-2:10 since Meb Keflezighi did in 2014. However, that could change this weekend in NYC where the field has eight Americans with PBs 2:13 or faster.
Since finishing 2nd in Boston, Sellers has picked up a sponsor, but is still working full-time as a nurse. She thinks if she has a good day she can run in the 2:30s.
*MB: Sarah Sellers: "No matter what I do next, I’m going to be a disappointment to people."
Levins says he wants to go to another Olympics and it's too early to say if he'll be going in the marathon. *Canadian Running Magazine article
A couple things that impressed Fox was the camaraderie in Kipchoge's training group and how flexible they were about training. They had a plan, but it they weren't "anal about sticking to it" if changes needed to be made.
Fox: “They were always ready to adjust. They did have a plan, a weekly structure. But it never bothered them if they had to make changes. Most elite runners have a very structured program and they’re anal about sticking to it. The program is all, discipline the thing. Kenyans’ attitude to training is incredibly flexible.”
Talking about joining the Bowerman Track Club and training with Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg Jorgensen says, “I like to surround myself with people who are better than me. This shows me what the world standard is and pushes me to step up to their level on a daily basis."
Flanagan had considered retiring after winning last year at 36-years-old, but has decided to line-up at least one more time before she hangs 'em up.
*MB: Shalane Flanagan is Running NYC Marathon.