Kyle O'Brien /Hanson-Brooks
Kyle O'Brien /Hanson-Brooks
Kyle has been running with the Hansons/Brooks team for a couple of years now and over that time has become a marathon trials qualifier. Kyle just earned that qualifier with his performance at the Boston Marathon, where he and 7 other teammates toed the line. There Kyle ran 2:19:57 and finished 18th overall. Read on to find out about Kyle's thoughts on his preparation and race experiance.
RM: You ran a personal best time at Boston. How was your training leading up to the race? How do you feel like your race went compared to that training?
KO: I went into the Boston Marathon in the best shape of my life. Training had gone great all segment, I averaged just under 130 miles a week for the 6-8 weeks before we started cutting back and was running some solid workouts. I feel like the race went ALMOST as good as the training, the race went pretty much according to plan outside of the last 3 miles or so. I ran perfect through about 23, then the bottom kind of fell out. My biggest breakthrough was definitely the training this segment, the race went well, but there is plenty to improve on.
RM: How was the crowd atmosphere at Boston? Did you feel that it made it hard to keep calm the first part of the race and did it carry you along at the end of the race when things got tough?
KO: The crowd is absolutely amazing at Boston, I have never seen anything like it in my life. It definitely makes the first part of the race fly by. When things got tough out there though, I actually didn't notice the crowd as much, you just kind of get that tunnel vision and the only thing keeping you going is the finish line.
RM: When will you run Boston again and why?
KO: I'm not really sure exactly when I'll run Boston again, but I'll definitely do it again sometime. Boston has gotten a bad rap among the major marathons, but it is a first class event all the way, besides I have a score to settle with that last 3 miles!
RM: How is it like training with a group as deep as Hanson's? Do you find yourself racing more than you should be on training runs? How much longer do you see yourself training with the group?
KO: Group training definitely has positives and negatives. It's very easy to get carried away on "easy" runs, and it always seems like somebody is pushing the pace. I enjoy it though, you have a bunch of guys out doing the same thing you are every day, I'm also not one to get wrapped up in "racing" on daily runs, I'm good at taking my easy days EASY...even if that means running alone from time to time.
RM: What do you do other than run to make ends meet?
KO: Other than running to make ends meet I'm the manager at Hansons Running Shop-the Utica location, we have 4 great stores, but Utica is by far the best!
Thanks for the great interview Kyle! (Interview conducted by Nick Cordes)