5 Kernels of Wisdom from Contenders at the USA Half Champs

champs-ring_lgWe’re here in Columbus at the Cap City Half and have had a full day including a press conference, a reception, and a little one-one-one with some of the top seeds. The elites were out in full force, sharing their wisdom in their quest for the One Ringa load of cash, and a national title.

They’re not rocket scientists or Nobel Laureates; however, their achievements as athletes cannot be denied. They have congregated upon this concrete oasis surrounded by a desert of cow pastures and cornfields this weekend, and, dear reader, we have followed them to the invisible mountain (it’s very flat here) to gather their seeds of wisdom and sow them unto you.

From much talk about training, pre-race nutrition, the weather, and the pros and cons of the course, we found the kernels. Read on and learn a thing … or five.

“When you have to go potty just stop and go right away.” No, 50k American record holder and Bachelorette contender, Josh Cox wasn’t giving advice for needing to go mid-race. Instead, Pimento, Josh, and I were discussing our toddlers’ favorite show, Daniel Tiger. Josh has a great singing voice, if you’re wondering.

“When you’re marathon training, hangry is a state of being.” Feeling a little less lovable (and hungry) during marathon training? You’re not alone. Desi Linden feels you.

“I have to focus and not be too star-struck.” First time National Championship competitor Kelsey Bruce shared her race strategy. Later, Brianne Nelson assured her, with her 1:13:57 half marathon PR, Kelsey is a star herself.

Kelsey Bruce fitting right in.
Kelsey Bruce fitting right in.

“If briefs are so comfortable, why don’t men wear them?” Des answered when we asked her about her race kit preferences. Excellent question! Men, care to weigh in?

“Fake it till you make it.” 1:01 half marathoner, Shadrack Biwott on Deena Kastor’s advice that helps him keep the faith in the training process.

It’s gonna be a great race! Who are you rooting for?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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