Matt Llano is squarely in the mix for the title of the next great American marathoner.
Matt always thought that the marathon was going to be his best event. As his marathon debut approached, he had his sights set on making a splash and announcing his arrival onto the world stage.
To say things didn’t exactly go as planned would be an understatement.
But he’s learned from that experience and implemented those lessons, and new PRs in his next two marathons prove as much. Now the focus shifts to training for the Olympic Trials and (hopefully) running for the USA in the Rio Games.
We talked running and a whole lot more on todays episode and here are some of the highlights of the chat:
- Representing the USA on the world stage
- Racing for place instead of worrying about time
- High expectations for his first marathon, and the lessons learned after the fact
- The struggles of first time marathoners at the elite level and how his first marathon went
- You have to learn how to race a marathon, and learning takes time
- Taking care of the “little things” as an elite runner
- How being able to be open about his sexuality may have impacted his running career
- Tips from the pros: reduce stress and find your purpose
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