The top American at Boston dwells on his next steps.
For the past few years, Jason Hartmann has been, in many respects, the face of American distance running. After all, he clocked 2:12:12 at this years edition of the Boston Marathon–good for fourth overall and top U.S. honors.
However, Hartmann’s effort was darkened by the shadow that was the two bombings at the finish line at this year’s race on April 15.
“Personally, it was a highlight performance, but then to have a tragedy like that overshadow and change the whole complexion of the race for everybody, it was kind of two extremes in a very short period of time,” Hartmann told the New Haven Register recently.
The 32-year-old will be on the starting line of Monday’s New Haven Road Race, but he’s not sure if he will be hanging up his flats soon.
“I still plan to do the New York City Marathon, then kind of see how things transpire after that,” he said. “It’s kind of made me more hungry to succeed, because I don’t really know when this journey ends. From that component, I take that type of attitude into the way I train and compete. There’s no tomorrow, I guess.”