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World-Record Ambitions: Exclusive Interview With Moses Mosop

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 6, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC
Moses Mosop followed up his spectacular second-place finish at the Boston Marathon in April less than two months later. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Moses Mosop Interview, Part I.

Moses Mosop followed up his spectacular second-place finish at the Boston Marathon in April with a world-record 30K run less than two months later. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Competitor.com: Tell me about the Boston Marathon.

Moses Mosop: In the beginning, I was feeling very well, and afterwards, I was feeling very well. But I was worried because when I was maybe around 35K, I thought maybe I will get tired because it’s my first marathon. Then when I was at 38, I saw I was OK, so I tried to push with Geoffrey. I wanted to try to win and leave Geoffrey, but Geoffrey was hanging in, so then I said, no problem. … I was feeling that I wanted to try to win, but when we started to sprint, I tried to sprint, but my legs were not moving.

How do you feel about the race?

I’m very happy because it’s my first time and we did a great job. … I was expecting maybe I will run 2:07 or 2:08 but I was surprised when I ran 2:03.

Who do you train with?

I train with my coach, Renato Canova, and with some athletes [including] Abel Kirui.

Do you always train with [world marathon champion] Abel Kirui? Where do you train?

We are with the same management so we are training together. We train in Iten.

Where are you from originally?

I’m from a place called Marakwet [district], a place called Kamasia.

Do you have siblings who run?

I have a little brother, younger than me, Philimon Mosop. We are training together. Now he’s around 19.

Has he run internationally or only in Kenya?

He competed in Kenya. He ran 12K [cross country]. He was position 5 in the district. He’s still developing.

You took world championship bronze on the track in 2005 [over 10,000m] and cross country silver in 2007. Tell me about the years after that.

When I was training on the track and cross country, I always had a problem in my tendon. I had a problem in my legs, both legs. When I went to the track, I used spikes, so I stopped it now. So I said maybe I will go to the marathon and after that, I changed my program and left track and cross country and then I changed my focus to the marathon.

When did the tendon injuries start?

When I train on the track, sometimes one year I train very well and then the coming year, there’s nothing I can do. It came when I was going for the Olympics in 2008 and also in 2009. … Always the same injury. … In 2010, I was supposed to go to the track. I had the same injury. Always tendons.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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