Full audio of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon One Month Out teleconference
My career has taken another resurgence, and I feel delighted to be healthy and strong at age 40 and to see if I can make another Olympic Team. But four years ago, absolutely not. I didn’t think I would be able to do what I’m doing right now.
The key to the longevity in my career has been doing the small things that make a big difference. I give you more details in my book Meant for Mortals
. But other than that, it’s doing the small things whether it’s stretching, even as we speak right now I’m icing. It’s not because I’m injured, but I know I just worked very hard right now. I drove 45 minutes to the Bishop and came back. It’s doing the discipline and commitment and also nutritionally how to recover. The running part is the easy part, but what you do for yourself the next 22 hours. Running has a huge effect. I feel blessed to have a good, good support team, sponsors and also people who are committed to helping me be the best that I can. I am honored to be able to delegate them to what I need to be done. I am so focussed on my career and with my wife’s help to allow me to get away from the family for five weeks to train so she can spend time with the girls.
Nutritionally, recovery, training, drills - it’s a 24-hour job, and I try to do it the best that I can to keep doing it for another four weeks, and we’ll see what happens after that in terms of commitment for Olympic Trials and hopefully for the Olympic Games if I have the great honor to represent our country in four weeks.
Back in 2012, it was my second marathon, and my first one was New York City in giving me the confidence to pursue the Olympic Dream. I faced a really formidable field and did well and felt like this is my event, I think I can excel at this. It gave me the confidence to try out for the Olympic Team in 2012. I was definitely really nervous because I had heard the horror stories of how marathons don’t always go your way, so I prepared very meticulously and a little bit out of fear that I wouldn’t have a good experience. I went in very well prepared and in anticipation. It was just a very tough race. I think because I have that mentally, I excelled and had another great experience.
It’s always fun to say that you've won a marathon and it's the only marathon I've actually ever done to this day. It’s a very special race to me, so I’m looking very forward to all these kind of experiences culminate in another very challenging marathon coming up in a month from now. I think it’s always nice to win the Olympic Trials. However for the three men and women that cross the finish line, it’s just a big celebration, so I’m looking forward to just being one of those three for sure.