Thoughts on the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials

by Stephanie on January 18, 2012 · 0 comments

in Running

I’m a few days late with this post but that’s okay.  Busy weekends will do that to a person.  I didn’t want to pass up the chance to comment on the races though.

First, congrats to those amazing 6 that landed spots on Team USA!  It was fun to watch them run faster for 26.2 miles than I can run for 100 meters J  I was seriously excited that Kara Goucher made the team.  I know very little about her but she just seems like a happy, all-American girl.

(pic by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Here’s a fun piece of trivia: Which 2 members of the Men’s Marathon Team USA have won the Bix 7 road race (7 is the mileage) that is held here in the Quad Cities?

(pic from NYTimes)

Meb & Ryan Hall!  I ran the race one of the years that Meb won (I believe he won twice).  Not surprisingly, he was finished long before I got to the halfway point.  I think Abdi needs to come and run the Bix in 2013.  I’d say he should do it this year, but he’ll be pretty busy this summer!

This is the first time I’ve been very interested at all in Olympic running events.  This has something to do with the fact that last time there was running in the Olympics I was not a runner myself.  My thoughts on running, if I thought about it at all, were probably something along the lines of “Psh, running.  I suck at that”.   Sometimes I still think that actually, but I digress.

This time around I cared about the trials for 2 reasons.  The first is that now I am a runner and hence my interest in the sport has increased exponentially.  Second, a friend of mine from college (and my college roommate’s husband) was running.  That’s right!  I personally knew someone who was running in the Olympic marathon trials.  That basically makes me famous, right? :)

Seriously though, what an AMAZING achievement!  Which is fitting because Jason Flogel is a pretty amazing guy.  He’s battled back from a couple of major injuries in the last few years.  He’s balanced elite level training with family and a full-time job.  All of that hard work paid off when he qualified last summer and on Saturday he lived out a dream he’s been chasing for years.

Dreams are worth chasing.  Even big ones are attainable.  And when you get a moment like Jason’s, no one will ever be able to take that away from you.

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