Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Breaking down the US Olympic Marathon Trials Part - 2

Hey guys! How are you all doing with the training? From what I can see everyone is pretty darn fit. My boys from St. FX threw it down pretty hard over the weekend at the McGill Team Challenge and my man Ben from McGill ran a brilliant 3:57 fifteen hundo as well so I'm glad to see everyone laying it down. Not to leave anyone out because there were some awesome performances from that meet. Emmanuel, Matt, Paul, Jarry......lot's of beauties rolling some fast times so nice work fellas. Training for me is definitely coming around, each day I feel a little better and I'm feeling ready to jump into a race. Even today just rolling an easy 40' double I was floating along a 6:00 pace feeling light as air so it's definitely time to get a fitness gauge. I'm going to do a workout tomorrow and then if the weather is favorable for the weekend and I can track down a bib I may jump into the Hypo Half. Even on rolling course like that I should be able to run 68 minutes again so we will see what the weather looks like as it gets closer. If that's a no go I'll run an indoor 1500 and 3km in February at some point. So yeah, in this post I'll talk about the Women's side of the Olympic Trials Marathon which is only like 12 days away at this point. I've got to get to a couple housekeeping issues first but after that we will dive right into it and follow that up with my week of training.


Back with CEP and a new Nutrition partnership.


So, as you know I was sponsored by CEP Canada last year, and they were an absolute treat. Great people and support. I had some fun helping out at the the booths they had set up for Ottawa Race Weekend and the Calgary Marathon Weekend. Meeting Kyle and Frank "the tank" was great and I'm sure I'll be seeing more of them this year. Anyway, you may or may not have noticed the different badge on the side of my blog there to your right. For 2016 I'm working with CEP down in the states, they are great and are really involved in many different sports. I want to thank them for bringing me into the fold and look forward to a great season. They even sent me a certificate for being on the team, how cool is that? (Picture below)


Thanks CEP for the care package!!


The other news is that I'm now working with Syntrax, a great nutrition company that makes a wide range of top quality products. From time to time I'll post a review on here of the supplements I'm using and what products they make that really help with recovery and performance. They have the most rad range of proteins on the market with Isolates, Time Released Blends, Micellar Caseins....you name it, they have it. I'm really excited about this, the brand is great and if you go to their site and use promo code syntraxdavid you will get 40% off all orders, yeah 40%!!! If you want to give anything they sell a try you'll find them at your local supplement shops too. Feel free to drop me a note asking any questions about them and I'll do my best to answer it or find the info for you.



Before I move on, I just want to say that Nth Degree was nothing but great to me and I love their products and would still recommend them 100%!!! Syntrax just seems like a great fit for this season and have a wider range of products that can help my training and recovery. Peter and his team at Nth Degree have a great thing going and will certainly be expanding even more in the years to come. Thanks so much for the support in 2015 and I hope to see you guys at an expo soon! Give their sports drinks a try guys, it's fantastic stuff!!




A look at the real contenders for the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials


Shalane Flanagan


Shalane is far and away the best of this group. With PR's ranging from the former 5000m AR of 14:44 to 2:21:14 for the Marathon this is her race to loose. I can't see anyone even coming close if she is firing on all cylinders like she was at the last trials. Shalane is a great tactician and knows how to win. (She has hardware from the 08 Olympics in the 10km lest we forget). I expect her to dictate the race in the second half while she lays low behind Desi through the first 13.1 miles. I predict she breaks away at around mile 22 and gets the win.


Desi Linden



As Shalane is the clear number one, so is Desi the clear number two. She's run an aided 2:22 and has produced many great marathon performances, consistently over last several year. She's not decorated on the track nor does she boast any fast PR's other then her marathon (Her 10000m time is respectable however) but over 26.2 she is a savage. I'm amazed she can run as fast as she does over the distance when she's not really come close to breaking 70 for a half. Girls like Shalane and Kara have gone well inside the 70 minute barrier. Regardless, Desi is a lock for this team provided she's healthy. I predict she makes it honest from the gun to separate the pretenders from the contenders and makes it a 2:25 race from the start.


As for 3rd, these ladies all have a chance if they bring their A game


Amy Craig


Amy has run several good marathon in the 2:27 range and now trains with Schumacher in Oregon as a training mate of Shalane. This could be the X factor that takes her to that next level and lands her a second Olympic birth. I feel like she's going to have to be in 2:25 shape to make the team but with the right training is more them capable of doing it.


Deena Kastor


Deena, like Meb on the men's side is seemingly ageless. She ran an awesome 2:27 masters AR in Chicago this fall and dropped a 69 minute half in 2014. I feel like if she can reproduce that type of fitness she may upset some of her younger competitors. She, also like Meb, has some hardware from the 2004 Olympic Marathon and is the current American record holder at the distance. Don't count out Deena, she is as tough as they come!!!


Kara Goucher


Kara is a question mark in my mind. I was impressed with her last two half marathons but 71 minutes doesn't tell me much about her marathon fitness. She's raced so infrequently that I really have nothing to go on other then those last two half which equate to about a 2:28 high, 2:29 low marathon. That said, she's also run a 66 high half back when she was in peak fitness and a 2:25 debut in NYC so even if she can find a little bit of that magic she has enough talent to muscle her way onto the team like 2012. If anyone will have her ready it's her current coach, the legendary Mark Wetmore. I'm excited to see what version of Kara we get on race day.

Sara Hall


Sara is another one that I can't figure out and am going back and forth with. On one hand she ran a fantastic 1:10:07 at Huston just a couple weeks ago so she's obviously fit. She also has respectable PBs from 1500m and up. Nothing too crazy but very solid. Her first two marathons didn't tell us much but I do think she's ready for sub 2:30, possibly 2:27 range. So we will see. I don't see her making the team if the above girls run to their potential but if people have bad days she's in the mix.




My week that was in training


Because this post has been so long I'll do it in point form and get back to normal next week as I won't have a huge piece on the trials above.

Monday - LR, 20 miler outside with Jason

Tuesday - WO - 4 mile T pace tempo, 5X1000m with 5 minute send off's (Ran a 2:45 last rep, average was around 2:54), 4X300m

Wednesday - 10 miles am, 10 miles pm, nice and easy, legs pretty banged up.

Thursday - WO - 20X400 off 1' @ Goal 5km pace. All were 69/70. Went all out on the last one 56.3

Friday - 10 miles am, 10 miles pm, feet were raw from doing the 400's in mid-d spikes, not smart...

Saturday - WO - 6X1 threshold miles off 1'. 5:08, 5:08, 5:10, 5:04, 5:05, 4:42 (2:13 second 800m)

Sunday - 10 miles am, 10 miles pm. Really easy miles, feeling the mileage and workouts in the legs.



So that's it for this week, sorry for the super long post. I'll get out of here and I'll make sure next week is a little less busy on the blog haha. Before I go, I found out today that I'm nominated for the Sports Newfoundland Senior Male Athlete of the year. I feel so honored to be nominated and win or loose it's been a tremendous year. I plan on 2016 being a much bigger and much faster one so thank you guys for reading this humble blog. I really appreciate it guys, I truly mean that.

Take care and have an awesome week, as always, stay frosty!
Dave



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