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Kim Conley’s decisive win at the US Half Marathon Championships in Houston served notice that the perpetually improving elite is as dangerous on the roads as she is on the track. In Episode 34, we ask Kim to detail her go-to workout and her thrilling, Houdini-like finishes at the 2012 Olympic Trials and at the 2014 USATF Championships. Elsewhere in the podcast Gregg preps for the Dubai Marathon, names the top distance running events for each month of the year, and defends Internet streaming of races.
Teen marathon sensation Alana Hadley and her father Mark Hadley join us in episode 33. Alana, who recently won the Indianapolis Marathon in 2:38:34, shares her plans for marathon running between now and the Olympic Trials in 2016. The father/daughter combo field questions on turning pro, potential sponsorships and training groups, and the approach that has brought Alana marathon success at such a young age. After the interview Gregg updates his training for Dubai, and we delve into less cheery subjects of drugs in the sport and the Stephanie Hightower/Bob Hersh vote reversal at the USATF annual meeting.
It isn’t often that a marathon is won by a grandmaster, but that’s just what happened when Lawrence Warriner descended from Toronto to break the tape at Brooklyn. In our interview, Warriner, 51, describes the race and shares a training regimen that has kept him ahead of the whippersnappers. Elsewhere, we praise another master, Daniel Gercke, on his Philadelphia Marathon, relay Al Michaels’ take on the Zola Budd/Mary Decker tangle from his new book “You Can’t Make This Up,” and jump on the “Queens in the next Brooklyn” bandwagon to resolve the competition among race organizers for access to the streets of New York.
Molly Huddle seeks her second consecutive .US National Road Racing title at the USA Running Circuit (USARC) 12K championships Sunday morning in Alexandria, Va. A win at the 12K race would lift Huddle, with 45 points in the cumulative standings for the series of 12 races, ahead of current leader Sara Hall, who has 47. On the men’s side, Christo Landry will claim the series crown, since the only runner with a mathematical chance of beating him, Tyler Pennel, will not be racing.
Huddle, who beat Shalane Flanagan at the 12K last year to claim the 2013 series title, is the clear favorite, though Hall has shown good form with recent wins at the EQT Pittsburgh 10-miler (53:47) and the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (1:12:54). Kim Conley, who finished fourth in the race last year and who is ramping up in mileage as she trains for the half marathon championships in Houston in January 2015, will also be racing. Huddle set the world record of 37:50 for the rarely run 12K distance last year, with Conley in fourth at 39:29 and Hall in sixth at 39:54. It will likely be tighter among those three this time. Given that the winner gets 30 points, a number of women could potentially claim the title should the favorites slip.
Though the overall winner of the men’s series has been decided, the men’s race should still be a good one, as Landry looks to knock off the race’s defending champion Aaron Braun. After blistering the USARC series with three wins earlier this summer, Landry ran a 2:14:30 for 13th overall at the Chicago Marathon.
The race will be broadcast free online via USATF.tv. The women’s race starts at 7:15 a.m. EST and the men’s race starts at 7:30 a.m. EST. Unlike recent broadcasts of the major marathons in the United States, coverage of this event will likely focus on the race itself, with minimal distractions and (hopefully) no outages. In other words, it will suit fans of the professional U.S. running scene.
We’re joined by Desiree Linden in episode 31, just days after her fifth place finish at the New York City Marathon. The uber-cool elite describes her windblown NYC race and outlines the Hansons-Brooks training approach that turned the 2:44 debutante into a 2:22 runner and one of the world’s best. Elsewhere, we recap pros who took flight in the fall marathon season, those whose wings were clipped, and a few missing in action. Brenn details his NYC race where the proof was in the pudding, and Gregg gets on the soapbox to draw inspiration from a race walker.
In Episode 30, we preview the New York City marathon with a focus on Tatyana McFadden, the indomitable wheelchair athlete who is seeking a Grand Slam of four major marathon wins for the second consecutive year. Tatyana discusses her road from a Russian orphanage to the pinnacle of track, marathoning, and cross-country skiing. We preview the rest of the elite NYC marathon fields, relay advice from local runners who smashed the three hour barrier at Chicago, and get set for Brenn’s next attempt at 26.2 miles. Finally, Gregg climbs on the soapbox to skewer Russia’s international adoption ban.