Brian Sell Hanson/Brooks
Brian Sell Hanson/Brooks
Rochester Hills, MI
Brian Sell has continued to excell on the roads this summer. His latest conquest was a successful run at the World Championships Marathon where he placed 9th overall and helped lead the U.S. men's team to a 4th place finish. Brian was able to run near his personal best time while battling warm tempratures and humid weather. Read on to find out how Brian felt about his latest running adventure.
RunMichigan: How did you feel about your training and fitness going into the race? You had a scare a few months back when you had a couple days off to injury, how did that effect you mentally and physically?
BS: I'm sure it affected me more mentally than physically. I missed a track workout at 4:40 pace and one run, but I still managed to hit about 120 miles that week. Luckily my pain got better after one day, so I don't think it affected me at all.
RunMichigan: How many different races plans did you have prior to race day and why? Did all the Team USA guys have similar plans to work together or was it more of each person had different ideas of how they wanted to run the race?
BS: I had the plan to run 2:12 effort which was about 3:07 1k's since they don't do miles over there. We were out a bit fast and Jason Lehmkuhle and I hit the 5k at about 15:10 or so. We ran together and were basically all by ourselves until about 25k when I began to pull away and start catching guys. Clint, Chad, and Meat Gilmore's plan was to go out at about 2:14 pace and mow people down, so they were back a bit. I think Clint and my race turned out the way we wanted it to, mostly due to the fact that we had bodies to catch the entire last 15 k or so.
RunMichigan: How were your nerves prior to the race and did they get the best of you at the start or were you able to slip right into a comfortable, smart pace?
BS: The pace was very comfortable, but a bit quick through half way(1:05:42). I was pretty nervous leading into the race, its always a bit more serious when you're representing the US. I felt pretty comfortable and strong the whole way till the big hill 600m from the finish.
RunMichigan: Were you suprised by how fast and how many runners went to the front?
BS: Sort of. There were a lot of guys out way over thier heads. I thought I was out too fast at 1:05:42 and I was well over a minute behind 60 or so guys. There were a lot of sub 2:10 guys in the race, but I figured that not all 60 up there would maintain that kind of pace in 70 degree temps.
RunMichigan: At what point in the race did you know that you were going to be able to finish and you were going to start rolling up on people?
BS: I never know whether I will be able to finish hard in the marathon. I practically walked the last three miles of my last three marathons, so I was just waiting for the monkey to jump on my back. When I hit 1k to go, I figured I was going to make it.
RunMichigan: When did you realize that you were going to be top 10 - 15 and how did you feel once you came to that conclusion?
BS: I didnt know I was ninth untill I saw the screen at the finish in the stadium. I heard my approximate place the whole time from Kevin and Keith and Sarah, but the last I heard I was in about 14th and Kevin said there were a few more guys I could catch before the finish.
RunMichigan: What is next for Brian Sell other than some well deserved rest?
BS: Well, I am going to go home to PA here in the next week or so and come back and concentrate on getting back in shape for Boston. I would really love to crack the top 5 there. I know I beat a lot of guys at the worlds sort of by default because they DNF'ed but I still really want to get up there and mix it up and try to help get US distance running back on top. It was inspiring seeing our sprinters over there just dominating and it would be great if we could get back there.
Thanks for the great interview! (Interview conducted by Nick Cordes)