Many of the top contenders met with media from around the world during an afternoon of round table interview sessions. Below are highlights from some of the participants:
Arciniaga has dealt with injury in the fall and had a relatively short build up to the trials, but he is reassured that he has had short build ups before other successful marathons. Arciniaga does find confidence by being in Houston because he has set a personal best every time he has raced in the city.
“If the field goes out like the last few trials, like 5:30’s for the first few miles, you might see me leading. If they go out in 4:40’s – 4:50’s, I won’t touch that until later on when I know have the ability to finish that strong.”
“I don’t think it is going to be a 2:11 guy that is going to make the team, I think it is going to be a 2:09 guy. So, I’m looking to run a PR if I want to make the team.”
“I feed off of positive energies and confidence is a huge thing. I’ve always run a PR in Houston, so I’m definitely out here to have another successful race, and Houston is a great place to do it.”
Magdalena Lewy Boulet
Boulet knows she is one of the veterans in this race and finds her experience and knowledge to be an asset. Boulet has run a personal best in both of her previous marathon Olympic Trials and says that she is coming to the line confident that she has done everything she can possibly do to come to the starting line as fit as possible.
“I’ve PR’d at both Olympic Trial races, and I’m 38, so I do have some experience in both life and in running, so I think I am a little bit more relaxed. I really don’t worry about the little things any more. I know I have no control over anyone. I worry about what I need to do and putting my best foot forward.”
“It was great to come here and run the half marathon in 2011. Knowing the course is something that you can mentally prepare for. It is still a race, and I’ve done races where I knew the course in and out and I didn’t have a great race. But, I’ve done races where I’ve never stepped my foot on it