One Man’s Attempt To Qualify For The Trials

He's going to work on his speed in order to run the 'A' standard.

He’s going to work on his speed in order to try and run the ‘A’ standard.

Tennessee runner Alan Horton isn’t just training to finish a marathon, he wants to do something more: qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. If he does, it won’t be his first Trials. At the 2008 race in New York City, Horton clocked a 2:22:03, which was good for 49th place.

Horton notes that in order to run the 2:19 qualifying standard, he’s got to work on his speed.

“My goals would be to run personal bests in the 5K and 10K. Then, this summer I’d like to begin prepping for the Chicago Marathon in hopes to get an Olympic Trials qualifier,” he said.

The husband of a fellow marathoner and a father of a young boy, Horton works hard to balance his running with his other obligations.

“The marathon requires so much training and time that with a son, only one of us can really put in the necessary time for marathon training,” he said.  “Michelle [his wife] is focusing on a marathon this spring and I will do the Chicago Marathon this fall. It works out well because this will give me an opportunity to not only work on fast twitch muscles, but I get to spend more time with my son.”

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