This week on the A to Z Running Podcast interview 2x US Champion Erika Kemp about trying new distances as she has been taking the road racing circuit by storm! Are you more versatile than you realize?
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- We recently posted about AtoZrunner Dan O and his milestone races of 35 Riverbank runs and 10 Boston Marathons this year. We shared his thoughts about training, racing, and the running community. Many of you resonated with Dan… I love what someone said, “Dan is the man with a plan!”
Anne responded, “What keeps me coming back are the exact same reasons. I enjoy the process of following a plan, improving, & trying to execute the plan on race day. Like Dan says it doesn’t always go to plan but I enjoy the process & improving on it over the long term, training cycle after training cycle.” Quick side note, Anne went on this weekend to get 3rd Overall Amateur Female at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside. WOW! Congrats, Anne! (CHECK OUT OUR EPISODE WITH ANNE)
MAIN TOPIC: TRYING NEW DISTANCES
Main Topic: Trying New Distances
Have you been running the same distances in running? Are you afraid to try something new? Erika encourages us to get out of our rut and tackle a new race distance.
Pro-runner Erika Kemp has been taking on the road circuit by storm! She is a 2x US Champion on the road with more runner up finishes.
Erika went to North Carolina State University where she was a 6x NCAA All-American before signing with Adidas and running with the BAA.
Erika Kemp’s Personal Bests:
- 1500: 4:17.84 (2018)
- 3,000: 8:53.06 (2020)
- 5,000: 15:14.76 (2020)
- 10,000: 31:35.63 (2020)
- 5K Road: 15:45 (2019)
- 15k: 50:10 (2021)
- 20k: 1:06:20 (2021)
- 25k: 1:24:01 (2021)
Erika tells us that you may be more versatile than we think…. Tune in!
WORLD OF RUNNING
- Laura ran a course half marathon PR at the Flying Pig.
- After a couple tough attempts at some ultras this fall, Lewis pulled off his 100-miler
#1. Team USA World Championships Criteria Announced
- The criteria is very different from years past the last two World Championships, when it picked the entire team based on a descending order list of times during the qualifying period.
- The new policy states that the top American finisher at this year’s Olympic marathon will automatically be selected to the team, as long as they finished in the top 10 in Sapporo.
- The remaining places will be determined by order of finish at this year’s three American World Athletics Platinum Label Marathons — Chicago, Boston, and New York — again, as long as the athlete finished in the top 10. If two athletes finish in the same position at different races, the athlete with the faster time will be selected.
1. Galen Rupp (8th Olympics, 2:11:41)
2. Colin Mickow (6th Chicago, 2:13:31)
3. Colin Bennie (7th Boston, 2:11:26)
4. Nico Montanez (7th Chicago, 2:13:55)
5. Reed Fischer (9th Chicago, 2:14:41)
6. CJ Albertson (10th Boston, 2:11:44)
7. Wilkerson Given (10th Chicago, 2:14:55)
1. Molly Seidel (3rd Olympics, 2:27:46)
2. Emma Bates (2nd Chicago, 2:24:20) (check out our episode with Emma Bates about in-race decisions!)
3. Sara Hall (3rd Chicago, 2:27:19)
4. Keira D’Amato (4th Chicago, 2:28:22) (check out our episode with Keira D’Amato about her unfinished business)
5. Nell Rojas (6th Boston, 2:27:12)
6. Maegan Krifchin (6th Chicago, 2:30:17)
7. Carrie Verdon (7th Chicago, 2:31:51)
- Still time for some to squeak in this list at the NYC marathon coming up this weekend.
- How about Marty Hehir? Based on the previous selection method, he would be a shoe-in. (Check out our podcast with Marty Hehir about how to train as a busy runner.)
- Which brings us to….
#2. Preview of the NYC Marathon
The 50th edition of the New York Marathon will take place next Sunday to complete the rapid fire major marathons this fall.
Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya (2:17:16)
Ruti Aga, Ethiopia (2:18:34)
Helalia Johannes, Namibia (2:19:52)
Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia (2:20:51)
Nancy Kiprop, Kenya (2:22:12)
Des Linden, United States (2:22:28)
Emily Sisson, United States (2:23:08)
Kellyn Taylor, United States (2:24:29)
Laura Thweatt, United States (2:25:38)
Sally Kipyego, United States (2:25:10)
Molly Seidel, United States (2:25:13)
Aliphine Tuliamuk, United States (2:26:50)Andrea Ramírez Limón, Mexico (2:26:34)
Stephanie Bruce, United States (2:27:47)
Roberta Groner, United States (2:29:09)
Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopia (2:01:41)
Abdi Nageeye, the Netherlands (2:06:17)
Eyob Faniel, Italy (2:07:19)
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Eritrea (2:07:11)
Callum Hawkins, Great Britain (2:08:14)
Albert Korir, Kenya (2:08:03)
Noah Droddy, United States (2:09:09)
Mohamed El Aaraby, Morocco (2:09:16)
Jared Ward, United States (2:09:25)
Kibiwott Kandie, Kenya (marathon debut)
Half marathon world record holder 57:32
#3. How Female Athletes’ Nutritional Needs Differ From Men’s
(Podium Runner – SARAH SCHLICHTER)
- First, the basics: women metabolize macronutrients slightly differently
- The obvious consideration: menstruation shouldn’t be ignored…
- Make changes based on aspect of cycle (think: first half, body responds better to intensity, strong workload, power; second half, keep it more chill, intensity and power are tough)
- *This is not considered to be a universal fact, but knowing it’s possible, pay attention and see what makes a difference
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