Roundup and Roundtable: April 9, 2018

At the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in D.C. Rue, center in pink, finished 9th. Spearmint, long sleeve on the left, finished 8th! Tea was 25th and Pesto 28th!

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this week we’ll publish a full elite preview of the Boston Marathon field, but a quick news update — Sara Hall has withdrawn due to an SI injury.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!)

Started running in my early 20s and ended up running my first marathon 15 months later. Managed to break 3 hours in my 12th marathon. Pilates instructor passionate about the importance of your powerhouse in running and the mind/body connection. One husband, zero kids, mama to one Australian Shepherd.

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  1. Boston! I live nearby so it is always on my radar. Dream achieved 3 times of qualifying (2x not fast enough to actually get in as a qualifier… hopefully #3 is the charm for 2019 at BQ-5:30 so fingers crossed), have run it also as a charity runner and on other waivers. I see the magic not just in the race itself, but in what it means to the community in good times and bad. It always lives up to my expectations…. it is the longest day ever…. but I can’t imagine April coming and not be waiting patiently for my runner passport to arrive. Always interested in the elite field! This is going to be a fun week…

    1. As a fellow local (well – adoptive hometown, anyway), I love this perspective! I love the way it brings the community together. Runners and non-runners both. Fingers crossed you get in for next year!

      1. Thanks! Should hold up this time…. but you just never know. If it doesn’t, I won’t be the only one disappointed, that’s for sure.

        1. Even as a non-Bostonian I love how it brings the community together- something I noticed the first time I was there for the race and every time there after. Just, amazing to see it all come together.

          That is a solid buffer with your BQ, I know anything can happen but I think that is a really safe time and I am crossing everything for you! Congrats on all the hard work you’ve put in, nothing can ever take that from you.

          1. Thanks! I am comfortable with the buffer, but after being burned 2x in the past….. anyway, it is what it is and how nice that getting older has some benefits (in this case…. 10 extra minutes on a BQ!).

  2. First of all – loving Gwen – I used to follow her in my triathlon days. This week was the first time I’d heard of Carrie Dimoff and I listened to a great Flotrack interview with her – full time working mom and amazing runner!

    I’m headed to my second Boston and can’t wait! Last year lived up to all my dreams after almost a decade of trying to get there!

    1. Yes! I started following Gwen when I did tri’s a few years ago and really loving seeing her killing it running, especially postpartum. A few weeks ago I was bored on a treadmill long run and went on a flotrack and youtube binge of videos about Gwen, Shalane and some others. So inspiring!

      Have a great time at Boston, would love to say hi while we are there!!!