January 19, 2012

Our favorite post-Olympic Trials links

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite articles and blogs that we've seen since the Olympic Trials. I'm sure we've missed a few good ones, so if you have something to add, post it in the comments.

For the best recap and breakdown of the races, of course you need to check out Letsrun.com:
Mens Analysis - Womens Analysis

One of the funnier (but totally true!) articles from the week, making fun of the fact that Nike dropped Meb, then he signed with Sketchers and ran back to back marathon PRs in 2 months! -
Somebody ought to lose their job at Nike

Q: And, you’re sure he is no longer a Nike athlete?  We usually grab up those personal interest stories, war, Africa, 
just do it stuff.
A: No, we let him go so we could hire another bench-sitting baby in the NBA…marketing said that was the way to go.  Meb has no tattoos.
Some good race recaps from personal blogs
Paul Peterson - Fellow fast running blog member, and two-time OT qualifier:
Just clicked off 5:05-5:10 for the first 8 miles of the race, got in a great rhythm. Was it too fast? Oh, definitely! But I wanted to roll the dice. And I was excited about it. Maybe I could be the Trent Briney of this year?
Since I ran the 2008 Trials, and this would likely be my last Trials, I had nothing to lose, and I didn't see much to gain by running 2:18-2:19. Trying for 2:14-2:15 sounded a lot more interesting.

Camille Herron - Camille is a hard working, high-mileage runner:
I had a lot of people trying to give me advice on how to approach the race. As bold, confident, and risky as I am (which you have to be to win a marathon!), I felt what was most important to me was running a steady race to ensure I got a new PR. I’ve tried many times the past year to “throw myself out there” for a new PR…. and have come up short. Sometimes you take the risk and it pays off…. and sometimes it doesn’t. Great quote, Every GREAT race involves an element of risk. I ran a conservative race this time, probably too conservative, and got a PR (sometimes the risk, IS, running conservative and coming from behind). I would have liked to have passed more people and finished around 2:35 or faster, but given the nature of the course/conditions, I think it was a slower race than everyone anticipated. Additionally, I believe steady progress and not forcing it is a good thing. My fitness continues to improve, so I’ll go with the flow!

Devon Crosby Helms
- An "ultra" runner who decided to give the marathon a serious shot, and has dropped over 10 minutes off her PR in the past year:

At the beginning of last year, I thought the journey was to the 2012 Olympic Trials. I thought that that is where the chapter would end. Now I see, it wasn't the end of a chapter, it was the introduction to an entirely new book. I look forward to discovering what I can do, following the thread of adventure and discovery before me.

Jaymee Marte - The last place finisher in the women's race... her inspiring story is worth checking out:

I have never been one who cares much at all about medals, but this one, I wanted more than anything on this earth.

Runner's Feed has posted recaps/interviews with dozens of athletes that are worth checking out. They put a lot of focus on the non-elite elites, which is cool - because they are often the runners we can identify with the most. Here's a few from their list:

Janet Cherobon Bawcom
we have a rule in our house that you never complain if you ran a PR. 

Mike Wardian
I was happy with the result but not satisfied, I know I can run sub 2:15 now and that is crazy cool. [Check out Wardian's upcoming race schedule... the guy is an animal! Oh, and after running 2:21 at the trials, he bounced back at ran 2:31 at the Houston Marathon the next day, which is amazing, but not surprising at all if you know who Mike is]

Well, that about sums up the difference b/w Top 3, and not Top 3
(photo by Margaret Hunter)
Adam Goucher writes about his wife - Kara's ticket to London

Her pre-race nerves were gone but mine remained. In that sense, runners are the lucky ones. The people who really have to suffer are the coaches, the parents, and the spouses. Our nerves do not go away when the race begins. Our nerves persist every step of the race causing a completely different type of agony than what the runners are experiencing. 

Perhaps it is because we have stood witness to the preparation for his moment for the weeks, months, and even years leading up to a race. This race is only a snapshot representing a much larger body of work. We have watched as the runners in our lives have battled through injury, sickness, doubts, good workouts and bad. We know just how desperately they want it; just how much they have already suffered and sacrificed to get to this line.

Lauren Fleshman
blogging about her friend Stephanie Rothstein - 
There is a Herculean price to pay for making yourself vulnerable to a dream.

Flotrack images -
Top 10 Men's Moments - Top 10 Women's Moments

Local Utah blogger Hungry Runner Girl had a post-race interview with Dathan Ritzenhein - 
Ritz on what's next

Yahoo! Photos - Houston Chronicle Photos

Women's trials shatters marathon depth record - This is really cool. In my (Jake's) opinion, this is exactly why they shouldn't lower the women's OTQ standard too much for 2016. Chasing the trials standard improves depth, and depth is good for the sport!

The top 3 men 
(Reuters / Richard Carson)
The top 3 women 
(Reuters / Richard Carson)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for all of the links. I am spending my Friday night going through them. Hope you and Andrea got a great run in and had some delicious ice cream. PS I really enjoy your comments on my blog because I always learn so much from you!