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Keflezighi Talks About Upcoming Olympic Trials

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 2, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Meb Keflezighi is optimistic about his chances at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Photo: PhotoRun.net

He’s racing again just 69 days after the ING New York City Marathon.

Meb Keflezighi is optimistic about his chances at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon, Meb Keflezighi, is one of the favorites at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Texas later this month. Keflezighi, who is an Eritrean-born U.S. citizen, recently ran the ING New York City Marathon, where he was the first American to cross the line.

“I’s always a challenge to push your body to get ready for a marathon, and it’s even tougher just 69 days after your last one,” he said of the short span between the Trials and New York. “It took a little while to get back into it, but things are good now. I’m OK with how training has been going.”

Despite the course’s flat and fast nature in Houston, Keflezighi maintains a grounded approach when it comes to expectations at the Trials. “No matter how it’s run, whether it’s uphill, downhill, or flat, a marathon is 26.2 miles, and you have to respect the distance,” he said. “There are a lot of guys who are going to be in great shape…You do all your training to prepare the rest of your body, but coach Joe Vigil used to say what counts on race day is the nine inches above your shoulders.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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