World-Record Ambitions: Exclusive Interview With Moses Mosop

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 6, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC
Can Mosop break the marathon world record this weekend in Chicago? Photo:

Moses Mosop Interview, Part III (Conducted June 26)

Mosop won Milan’s Stramilano half marathon in 59:20 in March 2010. Photo:

In the past, how long did the tendon injury usually take to get better?

Now, it’s not like those other times because the other times, it cost me a lot. … Now I will rest maybe one week and then I will begin again because I know there’s a lot of work for Chicago. I have to focus on Chicago to run well there, better than Boston. I want to improve my time in Chicago.

So the injury is not as bad as in the past?

Yes, we think it’s not as serious like the other times. It’s only a small problem. I’ll go to physiotherapy and everything will be OK. … In the [BAA] 10K it was very tight. When I wanted to start to go and catch them, I said, I have a lot of work, let me not pressure myself and get a problem. It’s a small problem, but a big problem is dangerous.

What do you expect in Chicago? [Note: These 6/26 expectations are updated below.]

In Boston, I ran 2:03:06. Maybe I will drop some seconds there.

So you expect you can break the official world record [then 2:03:59]?

Yes, when the weather is good, I will, 100%.

The Boston winning time was not recognized officially as a world record because of the wind and other things, but you believe you can actually run that [low 2:03] kind of time?

I want to prove it. To show we were able to do this.

What do you think of the Chicago course?

I saw the whole course. It’s not bad. It’s not like Boston. … What I’m worried about in Chicago is the weather. … If the weather is good that day, we will do a good job.

Is there something in particular about the weather that concerns you?

Maybe it might be 9 degrees or 7 degrees there [Centigrade, or 48-44 degrees Fahrenheit]. For me, what’s better is around 12 or 13 [54-55]. [Note: Sunday’s forecast is for warmer weather.]

You’ve become very famous after your first marathon. How do you feel about that?

I feel great. That’s why I don’t want to go down from there. I want to improve my time and continue to run well.

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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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