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Jason Hartmann Ups His Mileage Ahead Of Boston Marathon

31-year-old American finished fourth in the 2012 race.

31-year-old American finished fourth in the 2012 race.

Jason Hartmann will return to Boston with something even more to prove.

The 31-year-old had a disappointing performance at the 2012 Olympic Trials last January, finishing 32nd. But he rebounded a few months later by placing fourth at the Boston Marathon.

It was the best finish for any American.

Hartmann planned to run the ING New York City Marathon last fall before organizers canceled it at the last minute because of Hurricane Sandy. Last weekend, he competed in his first race since then, the New York City Half-Marathon.

Runner’s World caught up with the 6-foot-3 Hartmann before Sunday’s race, and he said his 2012 experience in Boston was “definitely life changing.”

He’s slated to compete in next month’s race and hopes to earn a spot on the podium.

“I’ve done more mileage this time around,” Hartmann said. “I’ve added some cross-training … And I’m doing about ten more miles a week than I’ve previously done. I’m varying between 130 and 135 miles a week.”

For more: Runner’s World