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World Marathon Majors Light Up the Fall

September 19th, 2014
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Shalane Flanagan looks to add the marathon to her portfolio of American records in Berlin (photo: Runner's World)

Within the next few months, new history will surely be written in the marathon event. Three of the world’s biggest cities are going see their roads taken over by some of the world’s best athletes along with thousands of other runners as the World Marathon Majors 2014 season resumes. Perhaps some of you will be joining the crowd in Berlin, Chicago, or New York?

The BMW Berlin Marathon, scheduled for September 28th, is home of the past five world records at the distance. Last year, Wilson Kipsang covered the course through the German capital in an astounding 2:03:23, breaking his countryman Patrick Makau’s world record by 15 seconds and cementing his name at the top of the legendary distance. With Kipsang racing in New York this year, the men’s champion is sure to see a new face at the top of the podium in Berlin. That face could belong to Dennis Kimetto, the favorite who boasts the strongest personal best in the field with his 2:03:45 victory from the Chicago Marathon last year. Kimetto faces stiff competition from the likes of former Marathon Major winners Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede as well as the World Half Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang. With the pace always set to break the world record, this men’s race in Berlin is sure to be fast and furious.

The women’s race in Berlin does not have as many former major champions as the men’s but is particularly interesting to Americans with Shalane Flanagan taking her first attempt at a flat fast course in a non-championship race. She will surely be targeting Deena Kastor’s American Record of 2:19:36 along with her first World Marathon Major victory. She will not be alone on the German roads though as Paris Marathon champion, Feyse Tadese, and last year’s Berlin runner-up Tirfi Tsegaye will be looking for the win as well.

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Dan’s NYC Countdown

October 25th, 2013

Dan at the 2013 Los Angeles New Years Run

His Twitter handle says it all: Dan runs. In addition to being a key member of our Customer Service team, Dan has been training for one of the world’s largest marathons. We caught up with him during some downtime to pick his brain on his training and thoughts going into race day.

What race are you training for?

A: The ING NYC Marathon. I’m excited, in addition to running the race I’m going to a Knicks game and Wicked.

What are your goals going into the race?

A: Well, I set my expected finish time as 2 hours and 55 minutes, but I’ll be stoked if I finish under 3 hours.  I’m also hoping to complete all of the World Marjors, so once I cross the finish line in New York I’ll be able to check this one off the list!

What has your training looked like?

A: It’s funny, my training never really stops (people tell me I’m a little nuts).  For the last 9 weeks or so, I’ve been focusing a lot on speed.  I know that I can easily run 26.2 miles, but I want to be able to do it as fast and as efficient as I can.  Most of my training has been on the track, focusing on maintaining sub-race pace throughout the workout.  In addition to track workouts, I’ve been doing some tempo runs and multiple trail runs with fellow RW peeps, which is always a blast!

We know you recently ran the Long Beach Marathon.  How did that race go, and are you feeling prepared for NYC after that finish?

A: In all honesty, I was really scared when I toed the start line.  Before Long Beach, I hadn’t attempted a road race since Boston (April 2013) and I was trying out my first pair of racing flats (New Balance 1400).  Despite the fact that I was dragging a little at the end, I think the race went pretty well.  Even though the course was flat (I’ve heard that there are hills along the NYC course), I felt confident in my overall fitness and it was a huge sigh of relief to know that my legs have still got it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or meals that are a must?

A: The week prior to the race I gradually increase my carb intake (1 additional cup of quinoa or oats each day) and maintain a healthy level of protein and fats.  The day before the race I will have oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and some sort of protein or carb for dinner.  Throughout that day, I’ll consume 3 liters of coconut water to ensure that I’m hydrated.  On race morning I eat 2-3 bananas and Justin’s Almond Butter (IT’S AMAZING!!).  I know this seems pretty regimented, but it’s allowed me to continue to achieve my goals, so it seems like it’s working.

Lastly, right before the race starts, I blast Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight; it might be odd, but it is by far one of the best pump-up jams out there!

Any insight on your race-day strategy?

A: While I stick to my plan of attack, I try to slap some high-fives with fellow runners and spectators, because when it comes down to it, at the end of the day, running is fun!

And while this isn’t part of my strategy, I always give my mom my finishing medal and a big hug, because she’s my inspiration for all of my hard work.  What can I say?  I’m a momma’s boy.

Here’s to wishing you a great race Dan!  Check back after the race for our post-race recap!

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