Relaxed and refocused, Luke Puskedra eyes Olympic Birth at US Olympic marathon Trials, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

luke puskedra.jpgLuke Puskedra, photo courtesy of Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly, used with permission

I really like Luke Puskedra.


Mostly because, at his young age, he has experienced the absolute crap experience that a bad marathon can provide. His first marathon was so bad that he gave up running, gained 20 pounds, and it took his lovely wife and his supportive coach to bring him back.

Puskedra is a thinking man’s marathoner. In that introspection, there can be both positives and negatives. Andy Powell, Luke’s coach, gets that and keeps the training in perspective.

If Luke Puskedra can keep his head together tomorrow, in the 26.2 miles of absolute pressure, he could make the team. Here is a fine piece by Race Results Weekly on Luke and his journey.

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  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 51-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."

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