Hopeful Dwells On His Rocket City Marathon Prospects

With a 2:34 marathon PR, the Alabama resident hopes to walk away with a win on Saturday.

Last year, Josh Whitehead, a resident of Madison, Alabama, ran the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville. It was his first time running 26.2 miles.

Are those knives I feel in my quads?” he thought during the race. “I think I’m gonna pass out.”

He came in third.

With a year of marathon training compete, Whitehead has high hopes for this year’s race. His PR is now 2:34. He will square off against last year’s winner, David Riddle. In the mix as well is Daniel Ellis who holds a 2:26 marathon PR and hopes to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials.

Originally a cyclist, Whitehead only ran as “punishment for when I couldn’t train on my bike.”

Since giving up the bike and donning the racing flats, he’s won 29 out of 43 races that he’s competed in.

An engineer by trade, Whitehead swears by energy gels.

“You burn about 100 calories a mile and the human body only stores about 1,800. You’ve got to make up the other 800 somewhere,” he said. “I’m planning on having substantially more gel packs with me this year.”

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