Houston, We Have Some Intrigue

By Mario Fraioli |

Will Jim Walmsley break 64 minutes to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and take down some notable names at the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday? And how will Kara Goucher fare in her first marathon since 2016? Those are two of the most common questions I’ve seen thrown around in recent weeks and with good reason: Folks want to see the extent of Walmsley’s range and many are wondering if the 40-year-old Goucher’s got anything left in the tank. I’m not one for predictions so I’ll save my commentary for after the event while encouraging you to pay close attention to both half-marathon races—they’re going to be ripping fast, incredibly deep, and, in all likelihood, won by athletes whose names are not immediately recognizable. (more…)

Podcast: Episode 23 with Noah Droddy

By Mario Fraioli |

“I have faith in myself that on my best day if someone is not having their best day, I might be able to get ’em. And that’s enough to allow me to show up to a start line with some confidence and rest assured that I’m going to give my best and put my best effort out there. And if that puts me in last place, so be it, but I definitely show up feeling and knowing that on my best day I can compete with these guys.”

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Stoked to welcome Noah Droddy to the podcast this week! The 27-year-old resident of Boulder, Colo., is among running’s rising stars and one of the sport’s most interesting, likable, and relatable personalities. Since finishing last in the 10,000m final at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he received a swell of media attention for his unique looks and everyman persona, Droddy has established himself as a solid competitor on the roads, finishing second at the 2016 U.S. 10-mile championships, breaking 62 minutes at last year’s New York City Marathon, and debuting in 2:16:26 at last fall’s Chicago Marathon. Earlier this year, he “put some demons to rest” on the track, running a personal best of 28:07 for 10,000m at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational. (more…)

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Mario Fraioli
Mario Fraioli is a writer and running coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area.