She hadn't even finished a marathon (despite three attempts) since 2008. Russell added more mileage, longer workouts and did more on the road vs track.
Transcription of an open conversation between Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden, Blake Russell and Annie Bersagel.
As far as we can tell NYC will be the 39-year-old's first marathon start since a DNF in Boston 2011. Her last finish was the 2008 Olympics; 2:29:10 PR from 2005.
Jenny Simpson won the DL in dramatic fashion, Alexa Efraimson went pro, Makhloufi PRed, a XC skier made running news, and the most amazing endurance feat of the week was in Japanese high school baseball.
Molly Huddle defeated training partner Amy Hastings as former OSU star Girma Mecheso won his first USA title in humid New Haven.
Discuss: New Haven
Christo Landry and Aaron Braun also in men's field. Desi Linden (Davila), Sara Hall, Julie Culley, Lauren Fleshman and Serena Burla lead women's field.