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RRCA Road Runner of the Year: Amy Begley’s Inerview with Larry Eder

In the 2008 Olympic Trials, one of the events that I will never forget was the women’s 10,000 meters. It was a titanic struggle between Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. However, all eyes were on Amy Begley as she powered her way to a huge personal best in her quest to gain the A standard of 31:45! Amy made it.

2009 was a very good year for Amy Begley, with the icing on the cake being her sixth place in the 10,000 meters in the Berlin World Champs 10,000 meters!

Amy had some injuries this past winter, but is all healthy now. Amy answered these questions just around the middle of February. We are thankful for her time and believe you will enjoy her answers.

One final thought: in the spring of 2008, several of my media patners in crime and I watched Amy Begley and Kara Goucher doing a five mile tempo run on the Nike soccer pitch. Begley has that high arm carriage (similar to late great British distance runner Gordon Pirie), and powerful stride that was impressive even in the tall grass of the soccer pitch.

Amy Begley is one of the athletes in the Nike Oregon Project. Under the thoughtful eye of Alberto Salazar, Amy continues to improve, and we look forward to seeing her race in Des Moines, Iowa at our national championships!

RBR, 1: Tell us how your training is going?

Amy Begley: I was injured from Thanksgiving till mid-January with a pulled groin. I had to give up the indoor track season. However, I am healthy and back to training now. I am looking forward to outdoor season.

RBR, 2: Plans for 2010?

Amy Begley:We have not set up a plan for 2010 yet. We are waiting to see how I rebound from this injury. I want to run a fast 5k and 10k. My 5k PR is technically from 2005, even though I have run faster in time trials in practice. I also want to go sub 31 in the 10k and sub 4:10 in the1500 this year.

RBR, 3: You had a superb year in 2009, with your fine performance in Berlin in the 10,000 meters, and your tough race in the US championships. Tell us about the US champs this year?

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