“That’s the great thing about competition or even just running in general—it’s all about yourself. And maybe even greater than that, your running community is behind you and they want you to do well or set PRs. But as long as you’re happy or you’re doing things that are of value to you, I think people really rally behind that and I think that’s what’s so cool and unique about the running community. I just focused on myself [at CIM] and was trying to run a big PR for the day and the stars aligned and gave me an extra cherry on the top there to win a national championship, so it was all the merrier.”
Really excited to welcome reigning U.S. marathon champion Brogan Austin to the podcast this week. For those of you who don’t know, the 27-year-old Austin won CIM in early December, running in 2:12:39 to claim his first national title, set a massive personal best, and make his case as a contender for the 2020 Olympic marathon team.
We had a great conversation a couple weeks ago and I’m stoked to share it with you. I got to learn a lot more about who Brogan is, where he came from, how he trains, what it’s like to train and race at a high level while holding down a full-time job, why he loves breakfast cereal, what life has looked like for him since winning a national championship, and a whole lot more.
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— “We all know my resume. I hadn’t done anything earth-shattering.” Austin told The Des Moines Register after CIM. “All of the race previews didn’t expect me to do anything. Anybody looking from the outside would have the same expectations. That was warranted. When coach told me I could win, I had the same inkling. But not as strong as him. That put a ton of confidence in me. It was definitely doable if I had the right day.”
— Brogan Austin, Emma Bates Win USATF Marathon Titles At Cal Int’l Marathon: “I went from, like, a 5:08 mile down to 4:52 mile,” told Race Results Weekly after the race. “And, then I got excited and I ran a 4:44 mile, and then I saw Matt in the distance. Then I was like, oh my God! I can catch him.”
— FURTHER LISTENING: Who is Brogan Austin? Austin was a guest on the Citius Mag Podcast a few days after he won CIM and shared about more about his background and how he went from relative unknown to national champion.
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