A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Mary Cain’s Recent Training Camp In Mammoth Lakes, California

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By LetsRun.com
May 13, 2019
Yesterday, former teen track and field phenom Mary Cain, now 23, completed her first race in 918 days as she won the women’s division of the NYRR’s four-mile Japan Run in Central Park in 21:50.

Today we take you to a behind-the-scenes look at what got Cain ready for that race — some footage from Cain’s recent training camp in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Tim LeRoy, a spokesperson for Visit Mammoth” a, sent us a link to a five-minute documentary that was made about Cain. In the documentary, Cain cut short a planned run as she wanted to focus on staying healthy; she revealed that she got into an injury cycle after quitting Alberto Salazar‘s Nike Oregon Project.

“Originally I was part of a team called the Nike Oregon Project and the situation really wasn’t good for me. It wasn’t really a mesh,” said Cain. “And then as soon as I left the team I kind of did the classic, ‘Now I’m gonna do something totally different,’ and I ended up getting hurt and for a couple years was in a little bit of an injury cycle. Really what it came down to was I had this like need to, like, get back and so rather than let my body have the time it needed to heal and to recover I was, ‘Push push push push push.'”

“My new mantra for the next couple of months is to become an athlete again, not just a runner,” added Cain. “When it’s all said and done and when I am running, I love it. Yes, the competition side of it is amazing and totally fuels the fire underneath me but just the literal act of being out there in perfect form and just being fluid, I don’t think there is anything like it. I think it’s so intense — our sport is every other sport’s punishment — that if you can find a joy in that it’s amazing.”

Cain stopped the run short as she was worried her gait was being impacted by some “nervy issues” that might lead to further problems. She talked about going to see a local physical therapist whom she said was able to get to the bottom of the issues she was having with her left leg that were leaving her “predisposed to some kind of muscular imbalances.” She said she was going to decrease her miles and focus on circuit training and strength work for a few months.

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Cain ended the short documentary with a quote from Winnie the Pooh on living in the moment.

“The past is history, the future is a mystery and the present is a gift – that’s why they call it the present. And I think there is such truth to that.”

Update at 11:14 pm: Cain has tweeted about the video as well.

Watch the five-minute short film below:

Talk about Cain on our messageboard. MB: New Mary Cain Video: NOP “really wasn’t a good fit for me.” Plus “Our sport is every other sport’s punishment….” –
MB: Mary Cain is BACK! Cain runs (and wins) 4 mile race in Central Park.

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