She says she feels "fear of this ambiguous 'burning out'" held back women distance runners for a long time and argues that even when some struggle (like Mary Cain and Alana Hadley) it doesn't mean they're burning out.
A medical official in NYC made her stop running after inspecting her ankle. Hadley: “I was like, ‘You don’t understand, I need to finish this race’ – because I knew what everyone else was going to be saying, with this being the third marathon this year that I didn’t finish.” It was her third DNF this year.
*MB: Why does Alana Hadley drop out? This 18-page thread inspired the article.
Each of the ten who qualify for the Marathon Trials will get a $1,500 stipend to help with their training and travel to LA.
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.”
Pius Nyantika was 2nd in 1:01:46. Askale Merachi won the women's race (72:08) while HS pro Alana Hadley ran for 3rd (1:18:43).
She'll be 8-days too young for IAAF rules. If she finished top-3 at the Trials and couldn't go that would be an outrage, but as she's 44th on the qualifier list, that isn't expected to be an issue. Bigger question, would have 2:04:32 2014 Dubai winner Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa really been ineligible for the Olympics? He'll be old enough in 2016, but he was only 18 when he ran 2:04:32.
She won in cold and windy conditions. *MB Thread