Her throat began to close up and she ended up passing out and falling to the ground hard. But the fall woke her and she got back up and finished 12th. Amazing.
Olivia Pratt (26:26) and Joe Moore (23:18) won the overall races.
Attar finished dead last in her 800 heat in London, but says the impact of competing had a huge impact on Saudi Arabian women who never saw sports as an option for them. Since then Attar has gone all-out with training for the Rio marathon, moving to Mammoth Lakes to be coached by and train with the Kastors.
All picked Flanagan, none picked Goucher.
Kastor reveals a ton went wrong in her buildup to Chicago, but she ran 2:27:47.
Hear from Nick Symmonds, Deena Kastor, Kyle Merber and more as to how their routine, diet and activity all change during their down time.
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.
She says she's pretty close to committed to doing it now.
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.
New contenders, interesting debuts and what have the favorites been up to?
Pappas said she gained a lot of confidence and insight from training with Kastor and even watching her train.
“I run with a generic Timex, I don’t run with anything fancy. I was saying I had to be under 5:40 and we had a lot of 5:33s in there, then we had a couple of 5:42s and I was like, ‘Oh no.’ I remember at mile 23 I was struggling, and I was like, ‘Please don’t let it be 7-minute pace.’ I looked down and it was still 5:38.”
Her fastest since turning 40 was 2:32:38 at the 2013 LA Marathon.
Kastor: "Although I am shooting for a time in Chicago, my quest in these later stages of my career has more to do with mental progress. The sport has taught me about progress and it comes in many forms. I like to go out hard and challenge myself mentally to overcome discomfort or signs of defeat. My physical progress has peaked but I still gain an edge from this sport every day I am out there training. I’m not ready to give up on progress, so I keep running.”
The record is 14:46 by Meseret Defar at Carlsbad 2006. Brenda Martinez and Denna Kastor are also racing. Kastor will shoot for the Masters record of 15:48 by Colleen De Reuck from 2004.
Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor top the list.
Transcription of an open conversation between Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden, Blake Russell and Annie Bersagel.