With a less than a week away from the Men’s Marathon in the 2012 London Olympics, Marathoner Ryan Hall took the time to answer our questions about his Olympic moments. Get a glimpse into the life of the American Half Marathon and Olympic Trials record holder:
1) Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.
We were lucky to get our qualify out of the way back in January so I’ve had a long time to soak in the fact that I’ll be returning to the Olympics. I don’t think it hit me that I was going to qualify for the London Olympics till I came down the final 100 meters to the finish line in Houston. In the marathon anything can happen so I was just trying not to pass out and to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I think it was the longest last mile of my life.
2) During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?
I was having some stomach problems in the race because I was taking Aleve to take the edge off some foot problems I had been battling with leading up to the Trials. As a result of the stomach problems I wasn’t able to take in my usual calories or fluids which lead to an out of body experience around mile 23. The last 3 miles of a marathon is always hard but this was like I was outside of my body watching as my body was trying to tell me it was out of energy and strength. I was in second at the time but I wasn’t sure I was even going to make it to the finish line let alone finish in the top 3 and earn my spot on the Olympic Team. I prayed for strength and thought of my wife waiting for me at the finish line and somehow, by the grace of God, I made it.
We’re only hours away from kicking off the 2012 Olympics! What better way to start the Games than with some insider information from an Olympian herself…and free workout gear? We asked U.S. Soccer Midfielder Heather O’Reilly about her top Olympic moments and how you can win an adidas gift box including the running shoes she wears to train and cleats signed by O’Reilly herself.
Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.
“It was when we ran out for warm ups for a preparation game versus China last month. The Olympic team was just announced a couple a days before, and that was the first time we took the field for a game knowing the Olympic roster. It was like ‘Ok, this is us. This is the group that is going to be on this amazing journey together.’”
During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?
“We had a really difficult training camp in Florida in April. It was our fitness camp, when we grinded the hardest. We pretty much had two training sessions a day for two weeks, and it was really hot. It was tough to get through some sessions.”
During the Trials or Games, what was your most personally satisfying moment?
“Our Olympic qualifying tournament. I scored a lot of goals and had a bunch of assists in that tournament and came away feeling confident personally and like our team had fire in us. We were on a mission.”
Tell us about your favorite moment from meeting another athlete/celebrity?
“In the 2008 Olympics, we met Ronaldinho, the famous Brazilian soccer player. Our teams were staying at the same hotel. They were crazy and so much fun. They were always dancing and playing the drums, even inside the hotel. We exchanged some jerseys with them, (ok, mostly they just gave us theirs) and hung out for a bit.”
Now, here’s how you can feel like an Olympian too: We’re giving away one adidas adizero Feather 2 gift box, which includes one pair of adizero Feather 2 lightweight running shoes, the adizero f50 soccer shoe signed by Heather O’Reilly, and one adizero “Light You Up” tee. Official rules here. O’Reilly trains with the adizero Feather 2 shoes herself. “Wearing these for my training helps because they are the lightest footwear around,” she says.
How you can enter to win: Simply leave a comment on this post. Let the games begin!
8/16 UPDATE: Congratulations to Lyndall Mae for winning this giveaway! We hope you enjoy your prize!