In case you didn’t see the trails on delayed network TV coverage, you missed a great and exciting display of American marathoning excellence.  I’m still here in Houston, where the trials took place, buzzing about yesterday’s events: the fastest USA Marathon Trials ever for both the men and the women, run in perfect race conditions on a three-loop copurse designed to mimic some of the expected London Olympic Marathon course.
     Meb Keflezighi, a previous Olympic silver medalist and NYC Marathon winner – but supposedly over the hill – shocked many “experts” by setting a new PR of 2:09:08 while winning the men’s race, at the supposedly old age of 36.   
     Ryan Hall, the winner of the last men’s Olympic marathon trials in 2007 in NYC, placed second, and Abdi Abdirahman qualified for his fourth Olympic Games.  Dathan Ritzenhein, who has been on the 2008 Olympic marathon squad, finished fourth, and is the first alternate.  All four finished in under 2:10 – a strong showing that positions the US as a medal threat in London this August. 
     Shalane Flanagan showed that she is the new queen of American women’s marathoning, as she set a PR of 2:25:38.  She was followed closely by Desiree Davila and previous Olympian Kara Goucher Amy Hastings was fourth, and is the first alternate. All of these women beat the previous Olympic Trials record.
     Now bring on London and the rest of the world!


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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