Podcast: Jim Walmsley Ready for His Marathon Debut at Olympic Marathon Trials

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By LetsRun.com
February 18, 2020

A special nearly hour bonus  LetsRun.com Track Talk podcast with Jim Walmsley is out (subscribe and listen here or in the player below).

Walmsley’s much anticipated marathon debut is almost here and it will be at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.

Jim is a total running geek and fan of the sport so what better way to get pumped about the Trials than with a podcast. Jim talked at length about his debut, his preparations, and his chances in Atlanta. (We have written highlights of this podcast here).

Definitely worth a listen. Full show notes below.

This podcast is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. Seventeen HOKA athletes are running the Marathon Trials and LetsRun.com is profiling them all. From the dreamers, to the contenders, to the mountain men and women, get inspired by their stories and get some training advice in our HOKA ONE ONE Takes on the Trials coverage here.

Show notes. Click on timestamp to listen there.
Beginning: Jim’s training and 140+ mile weeks
[14:02] Jim says he’s in 2:10 shape and confident for the Trials
[17:10] Jim bails on his biggest workout
[22:28] The course in Atlanta
[26:07] Jim’s ultrarunning plans for 2020: Comrades and UTMB. What race distance would he beat Galen Rupp?
[33:34] The Trials is looking tougher than one year ago
[35:16] The Nike super shoes and Jim’s new HOKA “Trials dagger” shoe for the Trials
[37:37] Jim thinks the new World Athletics shoe rules were done in collusion with Nike
[41:04] The popularity of Jim on LetsRun.com and Strava and his rags to riches rise
[45:44] When did Jim first dream of the Olympics
[48:15] Olympic Trials scenarios
[50:27] Which is more likely winning Comrades, winning UTMB, making Olympic team?

*Written highlights of this podcast are here
*Outside magazine video on Jim mentioned in podcast here
*Longer 2 hour Letsrun.com podcast with Jim from May 2019 after he set 50 mile world record at Carbon X event where he talked about his start in ultra running here

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