She wanted to run the race last year, but couldn’t due to the event’s cancellation.
The New York Road Runners’ Barbara Huebner recently interviewed American distance runner Amy Hastings in the lead-up to her first New York City Marathon. Below is an excerpt that that profile:
“For Amy Hastings, the last year has had so many starts and stops that she might as well have been on the Lexington Avenue local.
“But Hastings, 29, said in a recent telephone interview that she’s nonetheless right on track for a good race in the ING New York City Marathon, where she expects to arrive ‘in better shape than I have been for my last two marathons. And, I’m older and wiser.'”
Hastings, who finished fourth in the 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Trials and then made the team for London at 10,000 meters, had planned to make her NYC debut last year. Reluctant to give up on all the work she had put in, she scrambled to find an alternate race after Hurricane Sandy intervened, and chose the Yokohama Women’s Marathon on Nov. 18. On the long flight to Japan, she began to feel under the weather; a head cold helped derail her race and she did not finish.
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