As a result, he barely ran for six weeks after the Trials and is only now getting back into it. "I’ve been working out at about 50 percent in my basement, and spending the majority of that time biking, lifting, and doing old-man exercises."
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.
Ward has been hanging out watching some other Olympic events as he does an extreme taper going down from 120 miles per week to 70 and 35 in the two weeks before his race.
Ward doesn't talk about his running in the classroom, but his students discovered his "secret" during the Olympic Trials and started a group text message thread called "Ward's Warriors".
Watch the video you'll see Ward is not only an Olympic caliber runner, but he's got decent golf game too.
Ward on making the Olympic team: "[The special feeling] lasted for a few seconds ... before I was feeling the physical pain of what I’d just done. My body was thrashed. I’ve never gone so far into the well as I did at the Trials..."
New U.S. citizen Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton won her first US national title. *Results
*MB: USA 25K Champs - Christo Landry Wins, Jared Ward Looks Solid
Ward talks about the inspirational moment at the finish were he was greeted by Meb Keflezighi.
Ward talks aobut putting on a lot of weight when he did his mission before college, winning US champs last year and shares his in-race fueling routine.
Ward actually did his masters thesis on "optimal pace strategy in a marathon".
Molly Huddle was the top earner with more than $150,000 in prize money this year; Jared Ward was the top man at $105.166. The Americans are a way behind the top international earners as Ethiopians Aselefech Mergia and Lelisa Desisa earned $307,000 and $275,000 respectively.
The elite relay race will have a man and woman each run 13.1. Others racing include Abdi Abdirahman, Annie Bersagel, Sam Chelanga, Molly Huddle, Desi Linden, Luke Puskedra, Becky Wade, Jared Ward, Meb Keflezighi and Deena Kastor.
Men will hand off to women with each runner doing 13.1. Field also includes Deena Kastor, Abdi Abdirahman, Annie Bersagel, Luke Puskedra, Becky Wade and Jared Ward.