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."
Great profile by Michael Heald on Linden and her road back from injury and prep for 2016. Liden talks about still needing to win a big marathon and how she didn't plan on running after retirement until she went to train in Kenya. Many insights from coach Kevin Hanson as well.
Kiptoo ran 2:26:32 to win here in 2013. She also faces Kenyans Jane Kibii, Doreen Kitaka and 18-year old Alana Hadley.
McMahan: “I love the course, and that’s one of the reasons I keep coming back. I like that it’s quiet at the beginning, and I can just focus on me and my breathing and being in control. I’ve done a lot of big-city races, and sometimes you kind of burn through your adrenaline in the first five miles. Here, it’s more peaceful, but as you get closer and closer to where the race gets harder, mentally and physically, the crowd starts building, and when you need that push, the crowd is there to give it to you.”
Peter Chebii was winning with Hansons runners Mike Morgan and Luke Humphrey 2-3, but they ended up 2nd, 4th and 5th with David Marley 1st in 68:02. The Hansons Distance Project was understandably upset, tweeting that organizers "dropped the ball".
*Interview Transcription Asked to give marathon advice she said, "In training and in racing, we all have moments that hurt. You’ve just got to smile and remember that what you are doing is fun."
She says watching Hasons-Brooks teammates Bobby Curtis and Jake Riley run well gave her confidence in her own training.
She says she'd like to run around 5:30 pace (2:24) and a top 5 finish.
Curtis talks about his training leading to his big PR in Chicago and his plans moving forward as he prepares to take a shot at the 2016 Olympic team.
Talking about Kenya she said, "You have group after group out there. If you head out the door on your own, you'll bump into two or three people and run with them for a few miles or join them for the full run. There's no reason to think you can't compete with them, when we're just doing the same thing."
2 x 10-minutes with a 2-minute recovery walk in between.
Reminded that she was on the cusp of stardom in 2011, Davila responded, “I always still feel like I’m on the cusp of just getting there. When I go to workouts, I’m still just trying to make it to that top level. I feel like I’ve threatened to be a threat but no one really thinks, ‘Oh, you’re the real deal.’ I don’t know if that’s just something I have to keep in my mind so that I keep working hard.”