First of all, we were all counting on you to win... what happened?
I leaned at the finish and Kiptum got me by 30ish minutes... sad.
What was your favorite/least favorite part of the race?
Favorite part of the race is definitely the energy - Chicago's running community is amazing and it's just continued to grow so much in the last 2+ years since I moved back to NYC. The energy was electric and it's so easy to feed off of. The least favorite part was probably when my legs stopped going the pace I wanted them to go haha, had to fight off the old cramps there for a bit.
What's super unique about Chicago?
I think the most unique part of the race is the course itself - you essentially run 3 big out-and-backs (note: it is not nearly that simple) with 5k of running in middle of the Loop / River North at the start. Because of this spectators can see runners 3 or 4 times super easily. Shout to my girlfriend Erin that seamlessly saw me 4 times, it just makes the experience more fun.
You called your shot and we respect the hell outta that. Talk about your personal psychology of shot-callling:
It's a bit funny because I think the first time I very publicly stated a time goal I was super nervous, but now it kinda feels normal. Running is pretty simple, the clock doesn't lie. And back in 2018 I said I wanted to run under 2:30 when my PR was 2:46 - I legit got DMs from people saying I should aim lower. And that was fun because I was kinda like 'no, I truly believe my training says I am capable of this.' Well it hasn't happened yet, but I think there's tons of value in having goals. Both to motivate you to chase something, to keep you accountable in the moment, and then to evaluate whether you achieve them or fall short of them. You're not gonna hit it every time, and that is ok. There doesn't need to be an excuse: you train, you shoot your shot, you learn, you go again. Idk if I answered the question but I'll stop rambling.
What advice do you have to those running NYC?
Don't run the 2nd mile wayyyyy too fast haha. Na, NYC is the best. The energy is the best in the world, it's an amazing way to see the city, and everyone's just having a blast. Don't get carried away with the energy, but definitely take the time to soak it in while your out there. And remember that 5th Ave is indeed uphill.
Any quick thoughts on the World Record?
In the words of the great Ludacris... How low can you go? 2:00:35 is absolutely bananas. I'd say Kipchoge is still the GOAT, but we have never seen anything like Kiptum.
Chicago has the Men's world record, Berlin has the womens... What's the faster course?
This is now the great debate - I personally think Chicago is the fastest, especially for Americans where travel is easier. Berlin is a bit more consistent with the conditions year over year. You can't go wrong, but I lean Chicago for now.
Is the dream still alive?
FOREVER (in the sandlot voice).