Gregg details his race at the Bucks County Marathon in our third episode interlude. After a stomach bug derailed his race at Hartford on Oct. 12, Gregg salvaged his training for another shot at 26.2. Hear how it turned out, and stay tuned for our next unscheduled full episode featuring an elite athlete interview, coming soon.
In episode 8 we interviewed Oiselle’s Lauren Fleshman and Kate Grace, along with CEO and founder of the Seattle-based company Sally Bergesen (see interview transcript). Since then, Fleshman had a baby, Grace cracked the 2:00 barrier in the 800 and was an alternate at World’s, Bergesen committed to run this weekend’s ING NYC Marathon, and the three showed off the company’s spring 2014 collection at NYC’s fashion week.
Look for Fleshman to return to competition at the USATF National Club Cross Country champs on Dec. 14 in her hometown of Bend, Oregon. Here’s a quick update on Lauren, Kate, and Sally, in their own words:
Fleshman: After 12 weeks of post partum semi-jogging and some Elliptigo, I’m feeling ready to start pushing myself a bit. My focus has been building into a schedule again, living like a pro runner again. It’s an adjustment getting into the routine of weights and PT and massage and all the little things much less adding in hard workouts and two a days which won’t come in for a while. Training with my new team, Little Wing, is exactly the community and energy I want in my life. I’m with the people I want to be with doing exactly what I want to do. Club Cross Country champs are in December and Oiselle will have a few teams. I’ll be gasping for air somewhere in the middle eating humble pie and enjoying every bite. Hopefully you’ll see me racing at USA outdoors and if things progress well before that, I’ll take an early spin around the tracks in Australia in March and do some key road races.
Grace: I have so much positive to take away from 2013. I felt strong and confident going in to my races, and started to see that I could compete with anyone in the US. The goal is to have that feeling with anyone in the world, and that is on the horizon. My base treated me well, but I also learned that I have a ways to go with injury prevention – knowing when to push the gas, or pump the brakes. Starting around when we last spoke in mid May, I had a succession of mini setbacks, nothing major, hamstring here, plantar fascia there, but the sum of the time off meant I probably started my taper prematurely. By the time USAs and Europe rolled around, I was running very limited mileage. The 800 was the right race to choose under the circumstances, and I was blown away by how strong I felt with very minimal speed work. I did hit my A standard, one race too late for the Moscow team (came in 4th at the USA Championships). Overall, I am excited and inspired by the strength of the US middle distances. We had 5 women in the World finals of the 800 and 1500, and two medals. It’s great to know that being at the top of the US puts you at the top of the world. So, I’m back here chugging away working to get there. I took a long break, and now the goal for this fall and winter is continuing to focus on tightening my stride, and increasing tissue mobility and strength, so the body can absorb all the work ahead.
Bergesen: NYC marathon training has gone the best since my last sub 3 in 2008. That aside, my goal is to run as fast I can while still having fun. Like a showboat with a few jet packs tucked away. ;) Captain Fleshman has been a thoughtful, experienced, intuitive coach. No matter what transpires by the clock, it will be an honor to run alongside my Every Mother Counts teammates and support their efforts to raise money and awareness for maternal health. Oiselle continues to fly. 100% growth year over year is exciting but also rife with challenges. Fortunately, we have a crackerjack team…one that is focused and tightly knit. We hope to continue to take a strong stand on pro runner issues as well as ways in which the sport can grow by welcoming more players to the dance floor.
The Big Apple is buzzing over the return of the marathon, and in Episode 16 we get multiple perspectives on the race. Sam Grotewold, who manages the pro field for New York Road Runners, gives us his inside info on the elites and a few sleeper picks. He even tells us who’ll be on “Mary’s Truck” mulling a marathon debut in the years ahead. Local legend Alan Ruben of the Central Park Track Club talks about his amazing string of 25 straight NYC marathons, the last 23 of which were under 3 hours, and offers tips for the course he knows so well. Later on, Brenn discusses Tony Reavis’ blog entry on keeping up with the Kenyans, and Gregg gets on the Soapbox to say enough to all the advice for Ryan Hall.
It’s fickle, this 26.2. Gregg describes his race at Hartford last weekend, his 32nd marathon and his first with a hard target of 2:59. Brenn then outlines his New York City Marathon prep with two weeks to go before the Cloud’s second shot at sub-3.
When you are feeling great during a marathon, at what point do you leave your goal pace behind and go for broke? In episode 15, rising marathon star Ryan Vail gives us his in-race strategy as he prepares for the NYC Marathon. Elsewhere in the episode, Gregg shares advice from Jaymee Marty’s blog as he laces up for Saturday’s Hartford Marathon, which will mark Cloud259′s first crack at the three hour barrier. Brenn gets on the soapbox and comments on the anticipation surrounding Ryan Hall’s return to the long race.