Interview with Deena Kastor ahead of the 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALFMARATHON
What has brought you to
Deena Kastor: “This race has a
great reputation for fast times and it’s perfect timing for the Flora London
marathon (ed note: she competes there on April 23). My goal here is to run
fast, then go to
What kind of shape are you in?
Deena Kastor: “Good shape.
We’ve changed a few things in training this year and have been in the
Are you aiming for a particular time on Sunday?
Deena Kastor: “I’m hoping to
(ed note : the
Do you find that too much talk about times is inhibiting?
Deena Kastor: “It creates barriers sometimes. Our idea, by “our”, I mean the team of husband, coach, training partner and myself, is not to get too caught up in it. My brain is not good at math, I don’t want to know (about times), I just want to run.”
Thinking of marathons, the
Deena Kastor: “It’s a wonderful meshing of events. Marathons intrigue people, even the laziest couch potato, they attract so many nationalities and body types. To see the five greatest marathons come together is really exciting for the sport.”
Is part of the reason for
Deena Kastor: “Absolutely. This
is an opportunity of seeing what some of the course is like though I won’t tour
the entire marathon course after Sunday’s race. We’re going to
Do you have particular
targets for the Flora London
Deena Kastor: Again, I don’t
want to be obsessed about pace and splits. I want to battle the other athletes
out there. I’ve already accepted that this weekend and
Does that mean you really are in the best shape of your life?
Deena Kastor: “Close to it. But it’s so hard to say definitely after Chicago last year when I was in the best shape of my life and never hurt so bad in winning my first major marathon.”
Do you take notice of
Deena Kastor: “I know the fields are always competitive. There are women you know and others that surprise you. Our strategy is trying to go out and ran an aggressive race.”
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