We recently caught up with Apolo Ohno to discuss his training for the ING New York City Marathon later this year. Here's what we learned from the conversation:
How do Olympic athletes get to each other's houses? They run. Or at least that was the case for Ohno recently, when he set out on foot for approximately 11-12 miles to visit his good friend Shani Davis. The only problem: With approximately two miles to go, Apolo's hips "seized up" so badly with hip pain that he almost had to call an ambulance. Which is why most of us drive to our friends' houses in the first place.
There are varying degrees of excuses for not being able to train as much as you want to. Ohno's excuse is pretty good. (That excuse being that he travels more than 20 days per month.)
Speaking of training, he has tried out many different types of it. Most notably, he has done firefighter training, MMA training and boxing training. (Note: We have no idea what firefighter training entails, but we can only guess it involves jumping over flaming barrels and running up staircases carrying an axe, which sounds pretty awesome.)
Marathons are longer than short track races. By way of explanation, Ohno -- who says "I'm not the greatest runner" -- points out that his longest race in short track was two minutes, 30 seconds. A marathon, as you may have heard, is 26.2 miles.
The best advice he's gotten on marathon running: "Start training." Which sounds like pretty sound advice to us.
He admits he misses speed skating... but stopped short of divulging any plans to resume training in short track full-time.
As for his target time in New York... "I will be under four hours," he says with conviction, then looks around as if to see if anyone actually heard that proclamation before breaking loose with a big laugh.
For the record, despite the fact that he laughed at his declaration, we're taking him at his word. Four hours it is, Apolo.
And if he cares to make a friendly wager on it, we're sure Andy Roddick and Justin Gimelstob would be more than happy to get involved.
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