It was a very Salty Cherry Blossom 10 miler this weekend! American women took 7th through 10th, including two Saltines! Emma Bates was 7th, followed by Spearmint, Rue, and Alphine Tuliamuk. PLUS Tea in 25th and Pesto 28th!
Since we didn’t do an R&R during our week of R&R last week, let’s talk Gwen Jorgensen. A quick refresher: The 2016 Olympic triathlon gold medalist ran her marathon debut at NYC that year in 2:41. Then she had a baby in August and decided to focus exclusively on running. In November she declared she wanted to win gold in the marathon next. Okay. Starts training with Bowerman, runs 15:15 for 5k in February. Last weekend she went 31:55 to with the Stanford Invite 10k. Not only is it a solid time, it was a nearly 2-minute PR — with her old PR set 9 years ago when she was running for Wisconsin. Chris Chavez interviewed her recently for Sports Illustrated; read it here. Also, Salty Running pal Carrie Dimoff was second in 31:57.
While I normally report mainly on American women, Betsy Saina is one of several basically adopted athletes, anyway. She gave marathoning a try twice last year, DNF’ing both at Tokyo and NYC. This weekend she tweeted she and the marathon can finally be “buddies” after winning Paris in 2:22:55. Girl. We feel you.
Later this week we’ll publish a full elite preview of the Boston Marathon field, but a quick news update — Sara Hall has withdrawn due to an SI injury. This is definitely a bummer, but the U.S. is still fielding a hell of a women’s contingent.
And, a link to bookmark: a running list of 2020 marathon trials qualifiers. So far there are 109 qualifiers, including Rue and Spearmint!
We’ve got lots of Boston action coming at you this week, so let’s roundtable in that vein.
How do you feel about Boston? Is it a dream you’re chasing, no matter how far away it may be? Is it a dream achieved, and did it live up to your expectations? Are you not interested at all? And, are you interested in the elite field? (Please say yes since I already wrote an elite preview!)