Moses Mosop Interview, Part I.
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.