She received two rounds of chemo, but now doesn't need any additional treatment. Puskedra says he'll race Chicago in the fall.
Thanks really should go to the baby's grandmother who insisted they get an ultrasound.
If he doesn't make the 10,000 team (and Galen Rupp sticks with the 10K/marathon double) then Puskedra will start focusing on Chicago again.
Now Puskedra has his Nike contract back and is one of the favorites (outside the "big 3") to make the team. “When we moved back [to Eugene] it was not for running. I didn’t have the desire to run. It was for her job and moving to Eugene from Portland, that was my closure and I was kind of giving up at that point. It was tough. Moving the last boxes from our apartment there, it was emotional but I thought it was closure.”
“You know, before Chicago—and even now—there are guys that I just don't feel like I’m in their league. Dathan, Meb, Abdi. They are solid, they have experience, they’ve done it before. They have wisdom.”
Hall: “Ryan has been overseeing my training and telling me I was ready for a fast one."
“I wouldn't consider it an all out effort. Believe it or not, I wanted to actually run a faster time."
Lelisa Desisa got the win in 60:37 as Puskedra was 4th.
“I always thought that if you wanted to make one of these teams, if you want to be one of the best athletes in the world, you have to sacrifice. [But] let’s say I have a great race on February 13 and everything goes well and I make the team. Is it worth going away to altitude camp and maybe missing my daughter’s first word, or her first tooth coming in?”
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.
He's among six who will receive $5,000 in financial support
Talking about differences under Powell vs Alberto Salazar, Puskedra says he did more speed work ahead of Chicago and ran 120 miles a week compared with 160. He also feels he had no "balance" in his life when he was with NOP.
Despite the rarity, Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto are both 6ft. There are also two elite women marathoners over 6ft.
After a disappointing 2:28 debut in NYC last year, Puskedra lost his Nike contract and didn't know what he was going to do with his life. He thought of being a car salesman or contractor, but thankfully Andy Powell convinced him to give running another shot and he ran 2:15 at Grandmas.
Risper Gesabawa won the women's race in 32:28.