Owing to an injury that kept him out of the 2012 Olympic Games, Moses Mosop says he’s coming into the ING New York City Marathon at 85 percent.
That’s the same thing he said going into the ABN Amro Rotterdam Marathon in April, where he finished third in 2:05:03, and when he won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2011, in 2:05:37.
An injury to his left Achilles tendon, Mosop said, forced him to suspend his training for two months and has limited his training for this race to 2.5 months. In a perfect world, he says, he’d be more comfortable with another two weeks.
“In my mind, things are going very well,” Mosop said, the word “mind” emphasized. “My legs are giving me a problem.”
Like many other athletes, Mosop had to deal with a flight cancellation and re-routing, but said that the one-day delay in getting to New York won’t make a difference in his plans for Sunday. “I will go out with the guys and then we will see where we are around the 25K [mark],” he said. He doubts that the hilly New York course will pose any special challenge, saying, “I was born in the mountains and that’s where I learned to run.”
Mosop has a 2:03:06 personal best, set at the wind-aided 2011 Boston Marathon. Although not official for record purposes, it is the second-fastest marathon ever run. Not good enough, he says.
“In my life, I wanted to run a world record.”
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