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Interesting Interview of Olympic-bound Marathoner Ryan Hall

There is a good little interview of U.S. marathoner Ryan Hall on Competitor Radio. This 25 year old runner is extremely impressive to watch. After going sub 1 hr (59:43) at the Houston half marathon and winning the Olympic trials (2:09:02) recently in New York City , this guy has definitely shown us he has some wheels.

There were a few specific comments that caught my attention throughout the interview that provides a bit of insight into the lifestyle of being a professional endurance marathoner and a funny clarification of an Olympics trials moment.

“We aren’t doing 200 miles a week…maybe 130 or 140”

I have biked 140 miles a week during my Ironman training, does that count? Probably not. That is some serious mileage when you think of trying to not only complete that in one week but over consecutive weeks. Let’s not forget you have to be able to absorb the training for it to be of any value.

Most of us will never come close to running 140 miles a week but there is one thing in common with our 5-75 mile weeks and that is commitment and dedication. We both need it!

Living in a Trailer

The first thing that came to mind hearing Ryan mention that he lives in a trailer is sacrifice. I am not sure if Ryan considers it the same way but I am sure many would. How many of us would be willing to forgo or delay having “stuff” in order to provide yourself the opportunity to reach your athletic potential?

Tempo run 5:00 min/mile at altitude (around 4:30 min/mile at sea level)

Tempo runs at 4:30 min/mile is just crazy fast. I am not sure if I can even comprehend that speed. I guess no treadmill work for him? Is there a treadmill that can hum at this pace?

Tossing Hat Story

I thought it was pretty funny when Ryan explained the tossing of his hat during the Olympic trials and all of the other lead runners followed suite. Ryan’s only purpose was to give it to a friend in the crowd. The other runners appeared to see this as a signal that Ryan was about to start turning up the pace, which apparently was not Ryan’s intention. I could see how the other runners could misinterpret the action. It is still kind of funny though. Of course Ryan did start accelerating away from the group a bit further down the road.

Good luck to Ryan this summer in Beijing! It is going to be fun to watch.

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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