Jason Hartmann Talks Prior To 2013 Boston Marathon
by Robert Johnson
April 12, 2013
Today I caught up with Jason Hartmann, the fourth placer finisher at the 2012 Boston marathon, to talk to him about his 2013 race.
In terms of highlights, he says he’s upped his mileage by 10 miles per week. I also loved the baseball analogy he used for marathoning:
“When you’re a younger athlete, you really get this mindset of, ‘I gotta train hard, I gotta train hard, I gotta train hard. I gotta hit this home run.’ But as you get older you’re like, ‘I’ve just got be consistent, just get singles, just get singles, just get singles,’ and then eventually you may get a pitch to hit out. When you try to hit home runs all the time, you (often) strike out. I’m trying to make contact and be smart… That’s what age does – with age, comes experience…
“I don’t have a time in mind. I just have to read my body and assess the situation. If they go out in 61-62, where have I run (something to indicate I can do that)? I haven’t done that.
I’m not trying to do anything I haven’t trained to do. I’ll try to run as hard as I can and allow other people to beat themselves.”
For an article on how Boston might be the last race of Hartmann’s career, see: Jason Hartmann Remains Confident in What May Be His Final Elite Race.
My full interview with Hartmann is below: