Molly Huddle, Brussels 2010, 5,000m AR, photo by PhotoRun.net
It was mid-August of 2010, on windy walk in London, I believe, that I met Molly Huddle. I had seen her at many events over the years, but, with an introduction from Mark Bossardet, VP of Sports Marketing at Saucony, I met Molly after her race at the AVIVA London meet. She was a little frustrated, knowing that she could run fast, but things just had not been working out. So, she decided to spend another two weeks in Europe to get in a fast 5,000 meters.
I had noted that Molly Huddle would be a good interview, but left it at that. Less than two weeks later, Molly Huddle, finishing ninth in a very fast 5,000 meters, broke the American record, with her time of 14:44.76. Victah Sailer, of PhotoRun, our key photographer, had gotten pictures of her mid-race, which is what we show above. He also told Molly, as she was standing in line at the bus to take her back to her hotel, that she had, in fact, broken the AR.
For three years now, her record has held. Shalane Flanagan has come very close to getting the record. As we have said before, an American record or world record is the perfect storm. All must be great: athlete, athlete's mind, athlete's form, athlete's fitness, plus a good competition, and a supportive crowd. All were there for Molly Huddle on August 27, 2010 .
I have spent time with Molly since then. Specifically, in Daegu, Korea, on her birthday, where I joined her and some friends for a Korean barbeque dinner. With the end of the season that year, she showed us a wry sense of humor.
I like the picture above. It captures Molly in mid race in her AR race. Remember those races where you ran a personal best. There is always the point, mid-race for some, where you either commit or slowly admit defeat. On this wonderful evening in Brussels, nearly three years ago, Molly Huddle committed, and ran the AR of 14:44:76, gutting it out, in a very fast race.
A few weeks ago, I sent these questions, seventeen in all, to a group of athletes. Molly Huddle was the first to respond. Here is how Molly answered the seventeen questions supplied her.
Molly Huddle, AR, 5,000 meters, 14:44.76, August 27, 2010,
photo by PhotoRun.net
Special thanks to Sharon Barbano, VP, Public Relations, Saucony, and most of all, Molly Huddle, who answered the questions as I gave them to her; with honesty and thoughtfulness.