This week on the A to Z Running Podcast we interview US Champion Makena Morley discussing life surrounding the sport of running.
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MAIN TOPIC: LIFE SURROUNDING THE SPORT
Main Topic: Life Surrounding the Sport
What is a sustainable lifestyle for a runner? The answer will be different for everyone. The shared reflection here is that life surrounding the sport should be a consideration. Makena Morley joins Andi and Zach to discuss her transition to professional running and why she chose the path she is on.
Makena Morley won the USA 25k Championships in Grand Rapids in the fall of 2021. Makena was a 7-time All American at the University of Colorado where she also holds the 10,000m record on the track. Makena ran at the US Olympic Trials in the 10,000m run then she took on the road racing scene taking 4th at the US 15k championships, 2nd at the 20k US championships, and then of course 1st at the 25k championships.
We are eager to continue to see Makena’s career unfold. She has the opportunity to run in the World Half Marathon championships representing Team USA.
WORLD OF RUNNING
AtoZrunner updates this past Saturday Jacob and Pete ran the Monumental Marathon both claiming significant PRs. Mark ran the NYC marathon on Sunday. Congrats to all!
#1. NYC Marathon
Top results women
- Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) – 2:22:39 Tokyo Olympic Marathon Champion
- Viola Cheptoo (KEN) – 2:22:43
- Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) – 2:22:52
- Molly Seidel (USA) – 2:24:42 New American Course Record
- Helalia Johannes (NAM) – 2:26:09
- Kellyn Taylor (USA) – 2:26:10
- Annie Frisbie (USA) – 2:26:18 Ran a 3 minute PR in the half marathon. (Thanks Erin)
- Laura Tweatt (USA) – 2:27:00
- Grace Kahura (KEN) – 2:30:32
- Stephanie Bruce (USA) – 2:31:05
Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya outkicked compatriot Viola Cheptoo Lagat and Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia over the final 800 meters to win the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon in 2:22:39, just off the course record of 2:22:31. Cheptoo, a Kenyan Olympian at 1500 meters in 2016 and the sister of Bernard Lagat, was second in her marathon debut in 2:22:44 with Yeshaneh third in 2:22:52. (Let’s Run)
She is also the first woman to win the Olympics and double back to win another marathon later that year (Frank Shorter was the last man to do it, winning the Olympics and Fukuoka in 1972).
Molly ran over a minute faster than any American woman had ever run in New York (Kara Goucher had the previous American CR at 2:25:53 from 2008).
Annie Frisbie ran the 4th fastest marathon debut for an American woman. Frisbie never made NCAAs on the track. According to Let’s Run her goal was to run under 2:35.
Fastest American times at the NYC Marathon EVER
- 2:24:42 Molly Seidel 2021
- 2:25:53 Kara Goucher 2008
- 2:26:10 Kellyn Taylor 2021
- 2:26:18 Annie Frisbie 2021
- 2:26:22 Shalane Flanagan 2018
Top results men
- Albert Korir (KEN) – 2:08:22
- Mohamed El Aaraby (MAR) – 2:09:06
- Eyob Faniel (ITA) – 2:09:56
- Elkanah Kibet (KEN) – 2:11:15
- Abdi Nageeye (NED) – 2:11:39
- Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) – 2:12:52
- Ben True (USA) – 2:12:53
- Nathan Martin (USA) – 2:12:57 (Listen to podcast interview with Nate Martin)
- Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) – 2:13:43 Debut
- Jared Ward (USA) – 2:14:06
Champion Albert Korir made his move from Kibiwott Kandie at mile 20. Kandie faded to 9th. Albert Korir was the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon runner-up.
38-year-old American Elkanah Kibet ran the race of his life as he set a personal best of 2:11:15 (his pb of 2:11:31 was from his debut in 2015 Chicago) to grab fourth.
Ben True ran a conservative race in his debut. His 5k split from 35k to 40k was 15:38 — the fastest in the field on one of the hilliest sections of the course.
#2. 2021 USATF 5k Road Champs
Preluding the New York City Marathon was the USATF 5K road racing championships on the streets of New York.
- Two-time NCCA champion Weini Kelati smashed the event record at the 2021 USATF 5K Championships at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line on Saturday in Central Park, taking the tape in 15:18
- Kelati beat Molly Huddle’s previous event-best mark from 2017 by six seconds and beat the rest of this year’s field by a whopping 29secs.
- 2nd place was Grace Barnett.
- 3rd was last week’s A to Z Running Podcast Guest, Erika Kemp. (Listen to our episode with Erika Kemp.)
- 4th was Natosha Rogers. (Listen to our episode with Natosha Rogers.)
- While the headlines were all about Centro and Chelimo (listen to our episode with Paul Chelimo) leading into the race, neither claimed the victory. Both played a role in the unfolding of the race. Centro was leading until about 100m to go when Drew Hunter passed him.
- Drew Hunter won the race in 13:53.
- This was a sprint finish with Matthew Centrowitz in second and Sydney Gidabuday within the same second as Centro.
#3. Molly Seidel’s training shift…
Article posted on Podium Runner, by Brian Metzler
- Notable adjustment: focus on growing aerobic base, increasing load, and reducing intensity
- Most look at injury struggles and think less… their solution was more but easier.
- Clear connect to Lydiard’s decades-long rant about running too hard.
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