Kara Goucher, 2011 NYC Half Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
For Ryan Hall, who is under a microscope due to his erratic racing, change of coaches, interviews-you name it-this is an important race. Hall needs to perform, as one of the most talented marathoners in the world, Hall needs to harness his enthusiasm for the end of the race, where he can and should be a factor. Hall has the ability to run a 2:04, we will have to see if he can focus his energies on that goal.
For Kara Goucher, this is her first marathon after having her son a year ago (actually about seven months). Kara has gone from a 1:14 to a 1:09 half marathon and is running well. RBR feels that it is putting lots of pressure on Kara to see her in the winners circle this time around-top three would be superb.
photo by PhotoRun.net
Jason Lemkuhle has raced well, including a 1:32 30k in Japan. If he can get into a rhythm, a 2:09-2:10 is in order in London. Magda Lewy is ready to run 2:24,and London is perfect for her, she just needs to watch the early pace, and Magda is a fighter.
I like Blake Russell. She trains in my favorite part of the world-Carmel, Monterry and Pacific Grove. Blake is a racer, and, in my mind, could be the next American women under 2:25. She has the wheels to run 2:22 or better. Let’s see her fitness level.
And then, Dez Davila. Des is the spoiler. This women has track speed, road speed and is training well. Dez is the kind of women marathoner who could make the top three in this race, and run a 2:23 or better on this course. I am picking her as the spoiler. Consider this: Davila moves at the end of the race, that is how she ran 8:51 for 3k, 32:22 for 10k and her 2:26 marathon. Dez gets flying the last four miles and picks off a few front runners, and the party dramatically changes!
All in all, some great racing within the races. RBR will be at both, so you will be able to see my observations on London and Boston within a 24 hour period. Now, I am off to Boston to see Dr. Jack Daniels speak tomorrow night and then, off to London! Good luck to all marathoners in Boston and London!
U.S. marathoners line up for Boston and London
INDIANAPOLIS – As several
The prime U.S. contenders in 2011 are Ryan Hall
In addition to Goucher, the women’s field will see U.S. standouts Desiree Davila
The U.S. women will face a field
Goucher continues her comeback after having
Even while Goucher’s fitness is
Russell also could factor in. The
On the men’s side, Hall is the only
Hall has had his share of ups and downs since his
An American marathoner in London
Traditionally one of the fastest
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Liliya Shobukhova of
Like Russell in Boston, Boulet is
The men’s field will see a trio of
Jason Lehmkuhle (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Michael Aish (Arvada, Colo.) will be in the mix, looking to better their respective personal bests of 2:12:24 and 2:13:21.
Samuelson returns to Boston
It was announced Tuesday that 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson (Freeport, Maine) will return to run Boston for the first time since 1993.
At 53 years-old, Samuelson just
The 115th running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon will be streamed live on Monday April 18, at www.universalsports.com.
U.S. viewers can watch live coverage of the Virgin London Marathon at www.virginlondonmarathon.com/
USA Marathon lists online now
Hall and Davila lead the list of
An updated list of the top-100 U.S. marathon performances is now available at www.usatf.org/Stats/All-Time-
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